Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 55, Issue 3, pp 420–427 | Cite as

Attitudes of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations Towards Health Homes: Recommendations for Policy and Practice

  • Elizabeth SiantzEmail author
  • Laysha Ostrow
Original Paper


This study examined peer-run organizations’ attitudes towards collaborating in health homes. Data were drawn from the 2012 National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations. Multinomial logistic regression modeled the association between organizational willingness to participate in a health home and salient factors. Current efforts (OR = 5.05; p < 0.05), planned efforts (OR = 4.27; p < 0.05) to encourage physical healthcare, and staff size (OR = 1.09; p < 0.05) were associated with willingness to collaborate in health homes. Some organizations were concerned about power dynamics with potential medical collaborators. Relationships with medical providers, staffing capacity, and concerns about coercion should be considered when integrating peer-run organizations and health homes.


Peer support Peer-run organizations Integrated care Health homes Chronic care Management 



NIMH T32MH019545, Social Security Administration DRC12000001-01-00, and a mini-grant from the Johns Hopkins Center for Mental Health Initiatives.

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Conflict of interest

Both contributing authors have no relevant financial interests pertaining to this manuscript and certify that there are no conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations relevant to the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript. The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institutional Review Board deemed this study not human subjects research.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Family Medicine and Public HealthUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.Live & Learn, Inc.Morro BayUSA

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