Core Orientation

Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health Services

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in conjunction with subject matter experts, conducted research to identify core competencies for peer workers in behavioral health and later posted the draft competencies developed with these stakeholders online for comment. This document represents the final product of that process. As our understanding of peer support grows and the contexts in which peer recovery support services are provided evolve, the core competencies must evolve over time. Therefore, updates to these competencies may occur periodically in the future.

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COMING SOON – Our First Product

People-Hands-Raised-Workforce-DevelopmentTo benefit all the members of the Co-op, we are collectively designing a value-based, recovery and resiliency oriented core competency orientation package for all types of “direct care” staff, including both professional and non-professional helpers. Stay tuned!


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