The rapidly-growing peer workforce is an integral part of treatment teams in both public and private settings including the Department of Veterans Affairs, integrated behavioral health settings, inpatient care, community-based services, and peer-run respite services. Most frequently, Peer Specialists work as paid employees, while others choose to offer their services as volunteers.
Peer Specialists serve in a wide variety of roles, supporting peers both individually and in small groups to
- help peers create individual service plans based on recovery goals and steps to achieve those goals,
- use recovery-oriented tools to help peers address challenges,
- assist others to create personalized wellness plans,
- support peers with decision-making,
- set up and sustain peer self-help and educational groups, and
- offer a sounding board and a shoulder to lean on…and more!