Who is a Peer?
An individual who identifies as someone who has a lived experience with a mental health issue (emotional or mental distress), substance use or addiction recovery, or both (co-occurring).
Who is a Peer Recovery Specialist?
A Peer Recovery Specialist “PRS” is a self identified person with lived experience with a mental health condition and/or substance use disorder who is in successful and ongoing recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders.
Peer Support Services and Family Support Partners use their lived experience to support another person’s exploration of recovery based services that can help them overcome the impact of mental illnesses or substance use disorders.
The above information was taken from the DBHDS’s Office of Recovery Services.