An Examination of the Integration of Certified Peer Specialists into Community Mental Health Centers
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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.
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- An Examination of the Integration of Certified Peer Specialists into Community Mental Health Centers
Community Mental Health Journal
Volume 48, Issue 4 , pp 477-481
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- Peer support
- Certified peer specialist
- Mental health system
- Author Affiliations
- 1. Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center, University of Wyoming, 1000 E. University, Laramie, WY, 82070, USA
- 2. Center for Prevention Research and Development, 510 Devonshire Dr., Champaign, IL, 61820, USA
- 3. Center for Community Support and Research, 1845 Fairmount, Box 201, Wichita, KS, 67260, USA
- 4. Psychology Department, 1845 Fairmount, Box 34, Wichita, KS, 67260, USA