Employing Peers 101

Mental Health America

Wednesday Apr 17, 2019 12:00 pm EDT
United States

Peer support is in demand as the rapidly growing field continues to prove its impact both in cost savings and improved outcomes. While many are interested in peers, the limited expansion of peer support into the private sector or beyond traditional roles often leaves organizations interested but unsure what to do next. How do I hire peers? What do I look for in a resume? How do I prepare my staff and organizational culture?

This virtual learning session is designed to answer these questions and share proven strategies to implement or expand peer support services. Participants will learn:

The distinct roles of peers on teams;
How to prepare your organization for peer support;
Best practices in hiring peers; and
The basics of peer supervision.
Hear from leaders in the field, discuss your concerns, and develop an understanding of and plan for how you can use peer services to improve the lives and wellbeing of the individuals you serve.


Patrick Hendry, NCPS, is the Vice President of Peer Advocacy, Supports, and Services at Mental Health America. He has worked as a mental health advocate for the past twenty-four years. His areas of expertise include peer-provided services, self-directed care, recovery-based trainings, organizational development, and management and sustainability. He is the former Executive Director of the Florida Peer Network and has assisted in the development of numerous peer-run programs and organizations. Patrick is a strong supporter of the inclusion of mental health consumers in all aspects of the behavioral health system.

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