Exploring New Frontiers: Recovery-Oriented Peer Support Programming in a Psychiatric ED
Enhancing the diversity of roles for paid peer-support specialists is a topic of increasing interest throughout the country. Peer specialist positions promote a renewed sense of hope for the possibility of recovery, while also offering unique and valuable competitive employment options for mental health consumers. As we strive toward local and national recovery-oriented systems of care, we must continue to explore practical program applications and their associated benefits and challenges. The authors describe the development and implementation of a recovery-oriented peer support team within the psychiatric service of an emergency department (psychiatric ED) located at an academic medical center in a northeastern state.
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Document Type: Research Article
Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Greenwich Department of Social Services, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Veterans Administration Connecticut Healthcare System, Connecticut
South Central Behavioral Health Network, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Departments of Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
January 1, 2011