Peer Support/Peer Provided Services – Underlying Processes, Benefits, and Critical Ingredients

This article defines peer support/peer provided services; discusses the underlying psychosocial processes of these services; and delineates the benefits to peer providers, individuals receiving services, and mental health service delivery system. Based on these theoretical processes and research, the critical ingredients of peer provided services, critical characteristics of peer providers, and mental health system principles for achieving maximum benefits are discussed, along with the level of empirical evidence for establishing these elements.

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Location: USA

Groups: Persons living with Mental Illness
Keywords: BenefitsPsychosocialPersons living with mental illnessPeer Support ServicesPeer Support ProgramsPeer Provided ProgramsMental Health SystemsBest Practices