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Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics, Peer-Delivered Services and Peer-Operated Agencies: Opportunities for Collaboration and Expansion


In October 2019, The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) and the New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS) collaborated to convene representatives from Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics (CCBHCs) and peer-run/recovery community organizations to explore best practice collaborations in delivering peer services in arrangements with CCBHCs. Meeting presentations and dialogue sessions were designed to bridge clinical and grassroots peer cultures and perspectives and explore partnership opportunities and challenges. The agenda focused on practices that increase engagement and retention of individuals accessing services and help them to achieve self-identified recovery outcomes. We examined strategies to offer peer-delivered services in collaboration with clinical approaches that maintain fidelity to the core principles of peer support.

This brief is based on the conviction that peer-run agencies and CCBHCs can collaborate to improve consumer engagement and outcomes and the overall success of a truly comprehensive and integrated system of treatment services and supports.


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Funding for this initiative was made possible by grant no. 1H79TI083022 from SAMHSA. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.