DBSA National Office Events


DBSA Informs on Value of Peer Support Services at Congressional Briefing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

House Briefing
10:00–11:00 AM ET
2322 Rayburn House Office Building

Senate Briefing
2:00–1:00 PM ET
Senate Visitor Center
Room 200

DBSA hosted a congressional briefing on Wednesday, April 29, to discuss the importance of expanding peer support services, a cost-effective treatment option for individuals living with a mental health or addiction condition.

This congressional briefing focused on the role of peer support services in the care delivery system. Participants learned why peer support services are especially effective for individuals living with a mental health condition, addiction, or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Use of peer support services has been shown to improve recovery and reduce cost of care by decreasing inpatient and emergency room use. Already, the Veterans Administration and commercial health systems have successfully incorporated peer support services into their care models. The list of distinguished speakers at the briefing included:

Allen Doederlein, President, DBSA, Moderator
Larry Davidson, Ph.D., Director, Department of Psychiatry, Yale
Lisa Goodale, Vice President, Peer Support Services, DBSA
Tom Lane, Senior Director of Consumer and Recovery Services, Magellan Healthcare
Ronald Manderscheid, Executive Director, National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors
Olga Wuerz, Certified Peer Support Specialist, Dallas VAMC

Learn more about the importance of peer support services.


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