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

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…

The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysis

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. Peer providers have traditionally worked as…

Emerging Roles for Peer Providers in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Peer providers are a growing workforce who have become increasingly essential for supporting long-term care needs and alleviating behavioral health workforce shortages. These workers often face stigma and low wages with limited opportunities for career growth. This article describes a mixed-methods study that included a national panel of subject matter experts, site visits in four…

Utilization of Community Paramedics to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the US, some health systems and emergency medical services agencies are leveraging the versatility and experience of community paramedics to meet needs for COVID-19 testing, care, and vaccination. This report describes models of community paramedic practice that have been utilized in the US during the pandemic and discusses changes in law and regulation that…

Utilization of Community Paramedics to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic

In the US, some health systems and emergency medical services agencies are leveraging the versatility and experience of community paramedics to meet needs for COVID-19 testing, care, and vaccination. This report describes models of community paramedic practice that have been utilized in the US during the pandemic and discusses changes in law and regulation that…

Emerging Roles for Peer Providers in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Peer providers are a growing workforce who have become increasingly essential for supporting long-term care needs and alleviating behavioral health workforce shortages. These workers often face stigma and low wages with limited opportunities for career growth. This article describes a mixed-methods study that included a national panel of subject matter experts, site visits in four…

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

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…

The Peer Provider Workforce in Behavioral Health: A Landscape Analysis

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. Peer providers have traditionally worked as…

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