Peer Support Specialists (PSS) are individuals who:
- Self identify as having experienced (or are the family member
of someone who has experienced) a mental health or chemical
- Have progressed in their recovery enough to be able to support
others in their own recovery journey
- Have been trained and receive regular supervision and trainings
on how to use their lived experience in a PSS role.
PSS offer a wide variety of services including working with
behavioral health consumers on personal recovery goals, helping
them to develop natural support systems, and coaching consumers to
advocate for themselves within their healthcare system.