Peer Support Workers for the Military Affiliated Population: Resources and Examples
Peer Support Workers are individuals with lived experience and have been successful in the recovery process who help others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of return to use or engagement in unhelpful practices. Peer support services can effectively extend the reach of treatment beyond the clinical setting into the everyday environment of those seeking a successful, sustained recovery process (SAMHSA, 2022)
Service members, veterans, and their families (SMVF) are often overwhelmed by the complexities of navigating the service systems designed to support them. While many resources are in place to support the health and well-being of SMVF, finding and accessing those resources can be challenging. The training and support for Peer Support Workers with military-affiliated experience can help bridge the gap between the SMVF member who needs resources and the organizations that are designed to meet those needs.
This webinar will provide attendees with information regarding SAMHSA’s available resources to support implementing and strengthening peer support within the behavioral health system of care. We will also provide programmatic overviews from organizations that have implemented peer support services, including the training and support for peers with lived experience and implementation of peer support services. Participants will have an opportunity to learn how they can effectively implement peer support programs within their organization or partner with organizations that specialize in peer support services for the military-affiliated population.