Brief Report

Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 477-481

An Examination of the Integration of Certified Peer Specialists into Community Mental Health Centers

  • Emily A. GrantAffiliated withWyoming Survey and Analysis Center, University of Wyoming Email author 
  • , Chrystal ReinhartAffiliated withCenter for Prevention Research and Development
  • , Scott WitukAffiliated withCenter for Community Support and Research
  • , Greg MeissenAffiliated withPsychology Department

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Peer support Certified peer specialist Mental health system