Peer Support services are growing in strength and popularity across
Nebraska. Created as an opportunity for consumers who have significantly
recovered from their illness to assist others in their recovery process,
peer support specialists are employed in each of Nebraska’s six
behavioral health regions. Serving in various roles and capacities, peer
support specialists are employed in health care facilities, job training
sites, regional offices, as well as other organizations throughout the
Mental Health America supports peer support services stating they teach one another the skills necessary to lead meaningful lives in the community, have demonstrated effective outcomes such as reduced isolation and increased empathic responses, and that research has shown that outcomes improve when consumers serve as peer specialists on case management teams.
The Nebraska Peer Specialist Association serves as an avenue for individuals to learn more about the peer specialist movement and keep up to date on happenings related to peer support services in Nebraska. For more information please visit their website at http://dhhs.ne.gov/behavioral_health/Pages/DBHOCAPeer.aspx.
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