Role of Peer Supports in Integrated Care for Adults with Serious Mental Illness

A whole-person, recovery-oriented system of care
States are keenly interested in supporting the integration of physical and behavioral health: for individuals with serious mental illness who often have multiple chronic disorders, better integration of care could provide both cost savings and improved health outcomes. Peer support specialists have gained widespread acceptance in state mental health systems and now deliver Medicaid-billable services and supports in a majority of states. As states look for additional levers and potential resources to integrate care for this often under-served population, peers may be an option that is readily accessible, less costly, and specifically trained to work effectively with people who have significant mental health issues. While work needs to be done to more fully define how peers can operate within integrated care systems, a growing number of states are finding value in this emerging model. ><link http: wp-content uploads peer-supports.pdf _blank external link in new>lire tout le rapport ><link http: fr promouvoir-integration-sante-mentale-physique-soutien-pairs external-link-new-window externen link in neuem>compte-rendu en français <link file:832 download file>>article sur le sujet dans la newsletter RSP (page 4)