|Title||Case Study of Peer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce: Arizona|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Chapman, SA, Blash, LK, Chan, K, Mayer, K, Spetz, J|
|Institution||UCSF Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care|
|Keywords||behavioral health workforce, peer providers|
This case study explores Arizona’s development and implementation of a peer provider workforce in mental health (MH). Peer providers are individuals hired to provide direct support to those undertaking 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.”
The main focus of this case study was MH, but because peer support certification in Arizona covers SUD as well, both are referenced.