Peer Services Toolkit – Increasing the Role of Peer Support


Peer-run services that promote wellness and recovery from mental health and addiction-related conditions have emerged as an essential key element in new designs aimed at improving health care outcomes and qualities. Accordingly, ACMHA is proud to announce the release of a comprehensive toolkit for increasing the role of peer support in behavioral health.  The Peer Services Toolkit: A Guide to Advancing and Implementing Peer-run Behavioral Health Services looks at the nature of peer support, its origins, essential elements, core values, training and certification, outcomes,  providing services within peer-run and traditional agencies, state-level advocacy for peer support services, working with managed care companies, and much more. 

Thanks to a grant from Optum, more than 25 peer-run service leaders participated in a daylong special seminar at the 2014 ACMHA Summit that was designed and convened by members of the College’s Peer Leaders Interest Group (PLIG). The toolkit is based on those discussions and the efforts that followed.

This easily accessible document offers peer-run organizations valuable insight into the essential preparations needed to contract with managed care and other funders.  The toolkit provides an in-depth look at the certification process and its importance in expanding peer services throughout the public behavioral health system and into private practice.

The toolkit includes a comprehensive list of reference materials and links to related documents.  A living document, the toolkit will continue to be enhanced over the years. The peer workforce is on the edge of tremendous growth as peers learn new ways to provide their unique and powerful support to people moving into and maintaining recovery.