Parent Peer Support Resources
Does Peer Support Pay?
Tips on Promoting Job Success for Peer Providers at Community Mental Health Agencies
Becoming a Medicaid Provider of Peer Support: A Guide for Family-Run Organizations
The swiftest growing source of funds for parent peer support services is Medicaid. Family-run organizations (FROs) providing peer support must know the steps involved in becoming Medicaid providers and how to prepare their organizations and staff. This new guide, which may also help state agencies and other stakeholders to better understand the process FROs must undertake, was developed to assist FROs to become Medicaid providers of parent peer support services. It includes a step-by-step process, illustrated by the experiences of The Family Involvement Center in Arizona and Tennessee Voices for Children. For each step, the guide delineates specific, required tasks, and provides examples of how they have been approached by the two FROs. Challenges, lessons learned and practical resources from the two FROs are also included.
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A Guide for Parent and Practice “Partners” Working to Build Medical Homes for Children with Special Health Care Needs
This guide has been developed to define and describe the role of the Parent Partner on the Medical Home improvement team. It offers insight into how practices and interested groups can learn about engaging Parent Partners in their efforts to “build” strong Medical Homes. Methods and strategies compiled over the past five years from numerous “Medical Homes” are organized into a comprehensive guide for interested teams.
Impact of Peer Partner Support on Self Efficacy for Justice Involved Parents
Systems of care and other health-related initiatives have encouraged the proliferation of parent support policies in mental health, child welfare and education systems. However, the juvenile court system has relatively few programs that provide direct peer support for parents and little is known about the impact of parent support on families navigating the court process. Juvenile Justice 101 is one of only a few such programs. The present study examined the effect of the peer support element of Juvenile Justice 101 compared to video-only and no intervention conditions in a pre/post-test design. One hundred and ten parents agreed to participate in the study, 54 on a day with the peer support condition, 28 on a video-only day and 28 on a no-intervention day. Sixteen parents in the peer support condition were able to participate in the full program and seven parents in the video-only condition participated in the full video. Analyses disaggregate the effects of condition assignment and participation. Self-efﬁcacy in navigating the juvenile court process improved for parents who participated in peer support but no improvement was observed for the other conditions.
Family Peer-to-Peer Support Programs in Children’s Mental Health: A Critical Issues Guide
Mental Health Peer Support: Effectiveness and Cost-Effectiveness
This article examines the both the intervention effectiveness and the cost effectiveness of mental health peer support. Additional resources can be found on the Peers for Progress website through this website link.
Medicaid Financing for Family and Youth Peer Support: A Scan of State Programs
Strategies for funding formal family and youth peer support exist in states across the country. The following chart draws from a national point-in-time scan of states that are using Medicaid to finance family and youth peer support efforts. The information is meant to guide states that are exploring models of family and youth peer support and/or seeking to learn more about financing strategies to help ensure sustainability of these services.
Family and Youth Peer Support Literature Review
This review summarizes much of the existing research on family and youth peer support (FYPS), focusing predominantly on the literature relevant to peer support for children and youth with significant mental health and/or physical health challenges. It was developed as a resource to support states in strengthening their CME approach through the development and implementation of FYPS across child and adolescent serving systems.
Becoming A Medicaid Provider of Family and Youth Peer Support – Considerations for Family Run Organizations
This resource provides guidance to family run organizations that are considering whether to become Medicaid providers of family and youth peer support. It uses examples from three states– Arizona, Maryland, and Rhode Island–to illustrate key aspects of this decision and process in becoming a Medicaid family and youth peer support provider.
What’s the Evidence on Family and Youth/Young Adult Peer Support in Wraparound?
The Center for Mental Health Implementation and Dissemination Science in States (IDEAS) – Research on Family Support Services and The Family Peer Advocate Service Delivery Model
The Center for Mental Health IDEAS lists a number of research publications on family peer support services, including quality indicators, building the research base, and service delivery.
Issue Brief: Family-to-Family Peer Support: Models and Evaluation
Families, Policymakers, and Service Providers who care for children and youth with mental health challenges are seeking strategies for successful outcomes. Finding the unique combination of treatment, services, and supports can be a struggle. One strategy is to provide family-to-family peer support, where families receive education, information, and the support of others who have similar experiences.
Family-to-Family Peer Support: How Can Tribal Communities Join the Growing Movement – NICWA Newsletter
Family-to-family support is growing rapidly within systems of care. Yet, Indian Country has yet to significantly join this growing movement. The reasons for this are complex. This special double issue of Honoring Innovations Report explores how successful family-to-family support service provision is taking shape across the country, discusses the increasing emphasis on certification of peer support providers, and addresses why children’s mental health in tribal communities presents unique challenges and considerations beyond those already required by this evolving area of service provision.
Cost Effectiveness of Using Peers as Providers
Prestigious and important organizations such as CMH, SAMHSA, the Institute of Medicine among many others have identified peer delivered services offered through a certified peer specialist as being valuable services. In addition, research is showing that while increasing consumer wellness, the use of peer specialists is decreasing costs.
Parent Peer Support Providers and Wraparound
How are Parent Peer Support Partners working in Wraparound different from traditional Parent Peer Support Partners? The universal qualification of “lived experience” is generally the same. The title may be the same, Parent Support Partner or Family/Parent Partner. They might also do many of the same things, the most important being providing parent peer support to ensure no parent has to go through their journey alone. The differences are not only that they work in a Wraparound environment, but how they provide peer support, and the specificity of the skill level involved.