Peer support is a puzzling field right now. It is being provided in many different ways in different states, in different settings, and at different organizational levels for different populations. It has evolved so quickly and in so many different directions that it is hard to get a clear picture of what peer support is really like in the workforce in 2014.
Imagine the field of peer support as a giant puzzle. We each have a piece of the puzzle, but it is tough to figure out the big picture or where the existing pieces fit until we have them in one place.
You can help us start to figure out the big picture by sharing information about your piece of the puzzle. Complete one of the two surveys (links below). If you provide peer support services under any title, full or part-time, paid or volunteer, fill out the Peer Support Provider survey. If you manage or direct a program that provides peer support services, fill out the Agency survey.
Peer Support Provider survey
Thank you for your time!
This survey was adapted from a statewide survey of New Jersey peer/consumer providers and mental health agencies developed by Peggy Swarbrick of the Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey (CSPNJ) Wellness Institute for the Mental Health Association in New Jersey (MHANJ) and CSPNJ. For copies of the original survey contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
To view results of the original survey, visit:
New Jersey Statewide Provider Agency Survey Results
This survey was approved by the 2014 iNAPS Board of Directors: Andy Bernstein, Anthony Stratford, Lisa Goodale, Diann Schutter, Dwayne Mayes, Gladys Christian, Gayle Bluebird, Lisa St. George, Matthew Federici, Mike Roaleen, Mike Weaver, Peter Ashenden, and Kasey Moyer. We also thank Larry Davidson of Yale University, Andy Bernstein of University of Arizona (UA) Camp Wellness, Matthew Federici of the Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery, Lisa Goodale of the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, Lori Ashcraft of Recovery Opportunity Center, and Rita Cronise of iNAPS and Rutgers University for contributions during the development and review of this survey.
Once again, many thanks for all of your contributions to the field of peer support!
Steve Harrington, Executive Director International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), email@example.com