The rapidly growing peer workforce is an integral part of treatment teams in both public and private settings. Peer Support Specialists may serve in the Department of Veterans Affairs, integrated behavioral health centers, inpatient facilities, community-based mental health centers, and peer-run respite services. Most frequently, Peer Support Specialists work as paid employees, while others choose to offer their services as volunteers.
Peer Support Specialists serve in a wide variety of roles, working with individuals and groups to:
- Create individual service plans based on recovery goals, setting steps to achieve those goals
- Introduce recovery tools that help with specific challenges
- Create personalized wellness plans
- Provide support for decision-making
- Organize and sustain self-help and educational groups for peers
- Offer a sounding board and a shoulder to lean on … and much more