Case Study of Peer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce: Pennsylvania

TitleCase Study of Peer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce: Pennsylvania
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsChapman, Susan, Blash Lisel, Chan Krista, Mayer Kimberly, and Spetz Joanne
Series TitlePeer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce
InstitutionUCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care
CitySan Francisco
Keywordspeer provider workforce
Abstract

This case study explores Pennsylvania’s development and implementation of a peer provider workforce in mental health (MH) and substance use disorders (SUD). Peer providers are individuals hired to provide direct support to those undertaking MH or SUD recovery, often referred to in the literature as “consumers.” The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines a peer provider as “a person who uses his or her lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services in behavioral health settings to promote mind-body recovery and resilience.”

More background information on this topic can be found in the related report, The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysis.

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Related Resources: The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysis, Education, Certification, and Roles of Peer Providers: Lessons from Four States and the accompanying State Case Studies: ArizonaGeorgia, and Texas 

URLhttp://healthworkforce.ucsf.edu/sites/healthworkforce.ucsf.edu/files/Case_Study_of_Peer_Providers_in_the_Behavioral_Health_Workforce_Pennsylvania.pdf