Peer Support

The role and qualifications for peer support specialists vary widely and best practices have yet to be determined.

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  Justice-Involved Board Provider and Payor Board   Young Adult Board  

The work of a peer support specialist can fall on a continuum from just providing non-judgmental support to a more structured interaction including other responsibilities (e.g., providing transportation, case management, help with goal setting, help with financial planning, etc.) What points along this continuum are most effective?

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How does the type and amount of support (e.g., training, supervision, social support, counseling) that peer support specialists receive impact their effectiveness?

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What are the best ways to evaluate whether someone is mentally or emotionally prepared to be a peer support specialist?

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How does the amount of time peer support specialists have in recovery impact their effectiveness?

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How does receiving peer support services help retain clients in treatment and other services longer?

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What are the variations in peer support certification standards from state to state and how do these affect outcomes?

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What are best practices for peer-delivered reach-in services within jails and prisons prior to release?

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What are the benefits of virtual models for peer-delivered reach-in services within jails and prisons, for example, for matching people of similar backgrounds or for rural prisons?

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How can peer support specialists effectively assist individuals with the shift from transitional housing to long-term housing, especially given the housing crisis that is felt more broadly?

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What are the barriers for peer support being billed to Medicaid (e.g., several states have limitations that the only organizations that can bill for peer services have to be affiliated with current treatment providers)?

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