Is there a reliable resource that provides a step-by-step guide for agencies contemplating adding peer support to their existing services or improving their existing process?

The Peer Support Toolkit produced by the Philadelphia DBHIDS is an excellent resource for behavioral health agencies contemplating the introduction of peer support into their services. The Toolkit is an interactive document that presents information on the steps involved in preparing an organization and its’ culture for the introduction of peer support services, and recruiting, hiring, retaining, and effectively deploying peer staff. The information is presented in brief reads, yet preserves your opportunity to delve deeper into a subject with just a click. This interactive format provides easy access to a step-by-step guide that includes promising practices and links to additional tools and resources. Readers can easily share the file by email, print individual pages or the entire document, and use the “find/search” feature to search the toolkit by keyword.

The DBHIDS Peer Support Toolkit is an essential resource for agencies requiring assistance in any phase of the introduction of peer services and for the improvement of existing peer support services.


This resource was selected by SMI Adviser content partners and approved by the SMI Adviser clinical expert team for inclusion in the knowledge base.

DBHIDS Peer Support Toolkit (City of Philadelphia- Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disability Services (DBHIDS), 2017)


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