Key Considerations for Integrating Peer Support Staff in Behavioral Health Organizations

Peer support staff are individuals in recovery from a mental health challenge, substance use disorder, or co-occurring illnesses who – with training – use their lived experience to assist others in their journey towards wellness and recovery. This tip sheet describes key steps and considerations for behavioral health organizations planning to integrate peer staff into their workforce. These key considerations are adapted from the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services’ Five-Module Toolkit for Providers and other tools and guides listed in the “Additional Resources” section of this tip sheet.

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