Adding Peer Support to Traditional Mental Health and Substance Use Services
On Friday, January 26, 2018, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will sponsor a webinar, “Peer Support: A Critical Component in Supported Housing.”
The webinar will be held from 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. on January 26 and was developed by the National Council for Behavioral Health.
There is scientific evidence that adding peer support to traditional mental health and substance use services:
- decreases substance use,
- reduces psychiatric hospitalization,
- improves social functioning, and
- increases the likelihood of stabilization, well-being and recovery.
There is also a growing body of evidence that the addition of peer support within housing services, when implemented effectively, results in stronger engagement, decreased symptoms and increased self-efficacy and independence.
The webinar will explore peer support within housing models and strategies to effectively include and implement the role.
Presenters on the webinar include:
- Tom Hill, Vice President of Practice Improvement, National Council for Behavioral Health
- Lyn Legere, Lyn Legere Consulting
The National Council for Behavioral Health is the unifying voice of America’s health care organizations that deliver mental health and addictions treatment and services.
The National Council is committed to all Americans having access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery.
The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 1 million Americans have been trained.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.