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Family, Parent, and Caregiver Peer Support in Behavioral Health

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This 2-pager provides an overview of peer specialist services for families, parents, and caregivers supporting children and youth receiving mental health or substance use disorder services.

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Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This 7 page document describes the core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health services. It provides background information on peer services and recovery and defines 12 core competencies for peer support specialists:

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Coercion Related to Mental Health and Substance Use in the Context of Intimate Partner Violence: A Toolkit for Screening, Assessment and Brief Counseling in Primary Care and Behavioral Health Settings

Source: National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health

This trauma-informed toolkit assists clinicians in screening patients or clients for coercion related to mental health and substance use in the context of intermate partner violence. Created by the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma and Mental Health, the toolkit is intended to be used for screening, assessment and brief intervention in healthcare, mental health and substance use disorder treatment settings.

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4 Tips to Successfully Open a Crisis Stabilization Unit

Source: Justice Center at the Council of State Governments

This web page from the Council of State Governments contains suggestions for successfully opening a crisis stabilization unit. The tips include understanding system gaps, harnessing collaboration and leadership buy-in, articulating goals for the center, and considering a phased funding approach.

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Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

This reports provides a summary of key findings from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health which measures national indicators of substance use and mental health among noninstitutionalized individuals 12 and older. The national indicators focus on tobacco use, alcohol use, kratom use, illicit drug use, initiation of substance use, perceived risk from substance use, substance use disorders, major depressive episodes, any mental illness, serious mental illness, co-occurring major depressive episode and substance use disorder, and perceived recovery. Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

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COVID-Minds Website

Source: COVID-Minds Network

The COVID-Minds website provides updates on the development of COVID-19 studies throughout the world, promotes international collaboration of data analysis to understand the mental health effects of COVID-19 in different cultural contexts, and cultural differences, and disseminates findings from COVID-19-related mental health research.

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Peer Support Toolkit

Source: City of Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, Achara Consulting, Yale Program for Recovery and Community Health

This interactive toolkit is intended to support organizations that are hiring (or planning to hire) peers into new support roles. The toolkit discusses considerations for preparing the organizational culture for adding peer support services, recruiting and hiring peer staff, creating effective service delivery of peer support services, and supporting, supervising, and retaining peer staff.

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