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What are peer support specialists?

Peer support specialists bring hope by sharing their experiences and promoting a sense of belonging.Peer support has existed in the behavioral health field for decades; however, its rapid growth in recent years in due to the increasing evidence supporting its effectiveness. Peer support specialist use their experience to:

  • Establish positive rapport.
  • Serve as a pro-social model.
  • Offer insight to the individual’s care team.
  • Provide support focused on advocacy, coaching, and mentoring.
Peer support is effective, and can:
  • Improve quality of life.
  • Improve whole health, including conditions like diabetes.
  • Improve engagement and satisfaction with services and supports.
  • Decrease hospitalizations and inpatient stays.
  • Reduce health care costs.
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.
  • Health: Choices that support one’s overall well-being.
  • Home: A safe and stable place to live.
  • Purpose: Meaningful daily activities, such as job, school, or volunteering.
  • Community: Relationships and social networks that provide support, friendship and love.

 

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Want to network with other peer support specialists? Contact Kristy Johnson at kristyjohnson@nd.gov.

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