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Peer Services in a Recovery-oriented System of Care

Peer Services are a process of giving and receiving support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. Peer Services are provided by individuals in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction who use their lived experience as a tool to assist others by sharing their personal journeys and knowledge. Individuals engaged in peer services play a vital role in laying the foundation for sustained recovery. They encourage, inspire and empower others to set recovery goals and achieve them.

View this document on What Peer Support Is and Is Not

Read the 2-9-2017 Lancaster Eagle Gazette article Peer support an option for recovery.pdf

Integrated Ohio Peer Supporter Training

Ohio's Peer Supporter training includes a 40 hour in-person integrated peer training, 16 hours of E-Based Academy Courses, and a test. The integrated peer support curriculum was funded through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant in an effort to promote the widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. To schedule a training, please e-mail


Consumer Operated Services

Consumer Operated Services (COS) encourage personal contact and social relationships to alleviate isolation and loneliness, a persistent and recurring problem among people in the public mental health system. Additional activities include educational and employment opportunities, as well as peer support and leadership building to promote self-advocacy. For additional information on COSs, please visit the COS website.

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