Education, Certification, and Roles of Peer Providers: Lessons from Four States

TitleEducation, Certification, and Roles of Peer Providers: Lessons from Four States
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsChapman, Susan, Blash Lisel, Chan Krista, Mayer Kimberly, Kogler Victor, 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

Peer providers are individuals hired to provide direct support to those undertaking mental health (MH) or substance use disorder (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.” This report examines factors associated with the successful integration of peer providers into behavioral health care systems, drawing from a summary of the literature and in-depth case studies conducted in four states with strong peer provider workforces.


Related Resources: The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysisand the accompanying State Case Studies: Arizona, Georgia, Texas, and Pennsylvania