Common Road To Recovery in Collaboration with Plugged in Iowa is happy to announce that we are now offering full Mental Health and Substance Abuse Peer Support Services.
Common Road To Recovery has been working to bring these services to Iowa and it is now a reality. We have hired Peer Support Specialists who are trained in both Substance Abuse and Mental Health. Referrals to these services can come from any Human Service agency in Iowa including hospitals, Mental Health clinics and Inpatient and Outpatient Substance Abuse facilities.
What is an Adult Peer Support Specialist?
A Peer Support Specialist is a trained professional with lived experience of mental health and substance abuse recovery
offering non-clinical support to persons with mental health, substance use, and/or trauma related challenges.
Why use Adult Peer Support?
- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has recognized Adult Peer Support as an Evidenced-Based Practice
- Adult Peer Support is a Medicaid reimbursed service in 36 states including Iowa
- Adult Peer Support is a core service for all of Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services Regions
What are the benefits of receiving Adult Peer Support?
- It’s Community Based – Peer Support keeps people out of more restrictive and expensive services such as the
courts, prisons, hospitals and emergency rooms
- It supports people in becoming empowered healthcare consumers – Peer Support helps people to increase self-
sufficiency and improve problem solving
- It supports an increase in hope, quality of life and satisfaction with life – Peer Support helps people to find
meaningful roles in the community of their choice
What are the benefits of Adult Peer Support to the mental health services system?
- Connects people with the right services at the right time
- Helps to identify gaps in service system
- Creates recovery communities and builds natural supports
- Supports re-entry into workforce and increases jobs for people in mental health and/or substance use recovery
- Decreases the workforce shortage in the behavioral health sector
- Supports the State in fulfilling the expectations of the Olmstead Supreme Court decision through expanded community-based services
What Adult Peer Support Specialists do?
- Share their own experience with mental health recovery/substance abuse
- Support people in goal development and achievement
- Teach skills and problem solving
- Support people in system navigation
- Help people advocate for themselves
- Listen and be present when a person is experiencing severe emotional or mental distress
- Lead self-help and mutual support groups
- Provide Ideas on outreach and engagement
Where can Adult Peer Support be used?
- Wellness Centers
- Community Outreach
- Community Mental Health Centers
- Peer-run Respite
- Integrated Health Homes
- Residential Care Facilities (RCFs)
- Mobile Crisis
- Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs)
- Warm Line
- Law enforcement; Jails
- Inpatient Units; Emergency Rooms
The Adult and Family Peer Support Committee
- A resource for the Region
- Meets on the 1 st Thursday of the month at 9:30 am