The “peer bridger” model of peer support is when a certified peer specialist first meets with an individual while they are hospitalized for psychiatric treatment. The specialist develops a trusting relationship by using the skills they have acquired through training and experience. During the hospitalization, the individual and the specialist begin developing goals and a plan of action to overcome the barriers facing them upon discharge. The peer bridger continues to work with the person after their discharge by providing a combination of one-to-one peer support, advocacy, and connections to community resources. If desired by the individual, the peer bridger may work with the person’s family members to overcome barriers and/or strengthen their support. The person’s post-discharge action plan continues to evolve as the individual faces and overcomes barriers to recovery. There are similar models of peer support, including programs that begin during short-term crisis inpatient stays, which are increasingly being utilized.