Peer Specialists go by different names in different settings—for example, peer support specialists, certified recovery support specialists, and in the Department of Veterans Affairs they are referred to as peer support technicians. Regardless of what title they have, Peer Specialists all have a common commitment to assisting their peers from a strengths-focused perspective. Utilizing peers with shared experiences to deliver services is empowering and research demonstrates its effectiveness. Peer support services delivered by a Peer Specialist have been shown to:

  • Reduce expensive inpatient service use
  • Reduce recurrent psychiatric hospitalizations for patients at risk of readmission
  • Improve individuals’ relationships with their health care providers
  • Better engage individuals in care
  • Significantly increase individuals’ abilities to manage their symptoms and reduce their reliance on formal services while still achieving positive recovery outcomes

Become a Peer Specialist