An Examination of the Integration of Certified Peer Specialists into Community Mental Health Centers
- First Online:
- Cite this article as:
- Grant, E.A., Reinhart, C., Wituk, S. et al. Community Ment Health J (2012) 48: 477. doi:10.1007/s10597-012-9519-9
The formal role of Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a recent addition to the mental health field. CPSs are people in recovery employed within the mental health system, mostly by community mental health centers, to provide support through sharing life experiences with those working toward recovery from mental illness. This brief report examines participant’s experiences being a CPS, responsibilities and activities as a CPS, and integration into community mental health centers. Findings suggest that CPSs demonstrate high levels of communal orientation, job satisfaction, workplace integration and organizational support and are well received in mental health centers.