Who Are Peers?
- Peers are individuals who use their lived experience and formal training to promote the recovery of others.
- A peer can also use their experiential knowledge of mental health recovery to inform and improve research design and investigation
Do Peers Have Training?
In Alabama, peers are trained and certified through the Alabama Department of Mental Health, Office of Peer Programs. Certification requires a 40 hour training program and passing of the certification test. Continuing education is also required.
Where Do Peers Work?
Peers work in many settings including mental health rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation/socialization, transition from inpatient, crisis stabilization and vocational rehabilitation programs
What Do Peers Do?
Whole health, resiliency & an example of recovery
Connecting to resources and networking
Advocacy & systems navigation
Goal setting, coping skills & self-direction
Action Planning for Prevention & Recovery, Peer Support Groups & Warm Line
Recovery dialogues & support groups
Does Peer Support Work?
Research suggests peer support services…
- Reduce inpatient service use
- Improve relationships with providers
- Increase empowerment, hope, and social relations
- Improve patient activation
- Reduce length of stay and crisis and emergency service use
- Enhance personal recovery and perceived recovery orientation of providers for people receiving peer support
For more on how to get involved with peer support or Wings Across Alabama’s support for Peers & Certified Peer Specialists, look through this website and visit us on Facebook.
For more on Wings’ program information, please feel free to contact:
Dalana W. Brooks, MA, CPS
Program Director Wings Across Alabama
Together. We Thrive
Do You Want To Become Certified?
The Alabama Certified Peer Specialist training and certification program is completed through the ADMH. It consists of a five-day training program that includes instruction, discussion, and role-play with an examination after the training. Visit the link for more information. https://mh.alabama.gov/peer-programs/