This toolkit details the work of implementing peer specialist services in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA), one of the first health systems to incorporate peer specialist services throughout their behavioral health system. This toolkit includes information to counter common misconceptions about peer specialists and provides step by step guidance for building support for peer specialists and incorporating their services into the treatment team. The toolkit also includes technical details about hiring peer specialists in the VA, including job descriptions, information about training and supervision, and information about additional resources.
Funding Source: Veterans Health Services Research and Development Grants
A tool-kit for implementing peer specialist services in the Veterans Health Administration