Rural Peer Support Learning Community

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Welcome to the Rural Peer Support Learning Community

This community lets you connect with peer support specialists across the country who work in rural and remote communities. Access free resources, find answers for common challenges, and enhance your skills as a valuable member of the mental health team.

  • Live networking and community-building sessions
  • Live and on-demand educational opportunities
  • On-demand consultations for any questions around peer support
  • Hundreds of answers and resources in the SMI Adviser Knowledge Base
  • Downloadable guides, infographics, toolkits, and more

The community moderators are Lisa Ragan of Tennessee and Tony Sanchez of Georgia, two dynamic peer leaders. Their focus is to build community, create learning opportunities, and promote networking and sharing. They lead live learning sessions on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm ET. Peer support specialists can register for the learning community now!

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This initiative is a partnership between SMI Adviser and the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD).

The idea for this learning community is based on feedback from peer support specialists during the development of the guide, “Improving Behavioral Health Services for Individuals with SMI in Rural and Remote Communities.” In partnership with SMI Adviser, the developments of this guide and learning community was supported by the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors (NASMHPD) and the NASMHPD Research Institute (NRI).

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Resources on Peer Support

Browse resources and find answers from the SMI Adviser Knowledge Base

Join Our Live Sessions

Our community moderators lead live learning sessions on the third Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm ET. Want to get more details? Register for the learning community now!

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Find Guidance on Questions Around Peer Support

Submit any questions you have on peer support skill building, workforce challenges, and more. Receive a response within one business day from SMI Adviser.

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Are there best practices to promote skills growth and retention in the peer workforce?
Where can I find the best online peer certification programs?

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Use our Knowledge Base to find evidence-based answers and resources on peer support. Here are some popular topics.

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WEBINAR: Providing Peer Support in a Rural Environment

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Tackling Mental Health Prejudice and Discrimination: Recommendations and Resources for Peer-Run Programs for People with Mental Health Conditions

This document is designed to provide information on the types of anti-prejudice and anti-discrimination initiatives that…

Can peer support be done online via video chat?

Yes, there is good evidence that peer support can be offered and delivered online via real time…

Can peer support for older adults with psychiatric disorders help to mitigate the increases in serious mental health problems for this age group?

Yes, peer support for older adults is proving to be an effective addition to other existing services.…

Integrating Peer Support into Your Organization: Lessons Learned, Moving Forward

Over the last 10 years, two overlapping developments in behavioral health services have seen exponential growth.…

Is peer support a valuable addition to services for people with SMI?

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Is peer support an evidence-based practice?

Yes, peer support is an evidence-based practice. In a letter dated August 15, 2007, the Director of…

What are some strategies for incorporating peer support specialists onto Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Teams?

Several considerations can help make the most of peer specialists on an ACT team: 1. Develop a…

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