Peer providers with lived experiences of substance use and mental health disorders can help improve patient outcomes and play a unique role in the behavioral health workforce.

Findings

Of the 23 studies reviewed, 14 showed notable clinical improvements in quality of life, behavioral health conditions, social functioning, and overall well-being for patients receiving peer support services. Core components identified in many of the studies include the requirement of standardized training and active supervision of peer providers. Peer-provided services for behavioral health treatment and relapse prevention also differ based on the setting, with medical and outpatient facilities associated with Veterans Affairs and community-based settings to be the most common locations where these services are provided. Read more

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