Professional Tools

The following organizations offer materials and information that may be helpful to people providing peer support. Learn more about statewide recovery initiatives, or order mental health advance directives, anti-stigma materials, or goal-planning sheets. Explore what these organizations offer that could be useful in direct peer support work.

Information

National Survey of Compensation Among Peer Support Specialists – This report is the result of a partnership between The College for Behavioral Health Leadership, The International Association of Peer Supporters, the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services. It is a detailed analysis of Peer Support wages nationwide.

PA Recovery – The Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) has created a Web site dedicated to mental health and recovery activities in Pennsylvania. The PA Recovery site offers information about current OMHSAS objectives, recovery, training opportunities, and statewide initiatives (including the Certified Peer Specialist Initiative). OMHSAS oversees the activities and funding of Pennsylvania’s Behavioral Health Care System.

Centers of Excellence (COE) help ensure that people with opioid-related substance use disorder stay in treatment to receive follow-up care and are supported within their communities. The centers coordinate care for people with Medicaid, and treatment is team-based and “whole person” focused, with the explicit goal of integrating behavioral health and primary care. This page has information on Pennsylvania’s Centers of Excellence as well as a list of all COEs within the Commonwealth.

Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbilitity Services: Peer Culture Report

Materials

The Mental Health Association in Pennsylvania (MHAPA) works on behalf of Pennsylvania’s citizens to instill principles of recovery and resiliency. MHAPA offers materials to order, including Mental Health Advance Directive booklets. You can use Advance Directive booklets to support a person in writing their own Advance Directive plan.

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse, the United States’ first national consumer technical assistance center, has played a major role in the development of the mental health consumer movement. Their Web site offers information about conferences, publications, and resources that may be helpful to people providing peer support. It also has a directory of organizations that are run by people who have received mental health services.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities by promoting and sponsoring quality behavioral health services. SAMHSA’s web site offers a rich selection of free resources on mental health services ranging from articles, videos, and resource guides that may be useful for peer support work. Order resources related to mental health and substance abuse.

Support the Journey was born out of inspiration to offer messages of support and hope with people recovering from mental illness and addiction. Support the Journey provides messages and products that help us to remember our potential for recovering from emotional darkness and offers an opportunity to show others that they can recover also. The I Am The Evidence campaign a partnership with the MHAPA and Support the Journey, has been especially meaningful for people involved with peer support in Pennsylvania and nationally.

DBHIDS’ new toolkit is designed to support behavioral health treatment agencies with the process of integrating peer providers into their service settings. The Peer Support Toolkit incorporates many of the promising practices and resources that have emerged during the last decade of Philadelphia’s recovery-focused system transformation effort. Tools in this kit are designed to help agencies to recruit, retain, and effectively deploy people in recovery in a variety of peer support roles. The resources and information provided is relevant for executive leadership along with supervisors and peer staff.