Peer Run Organizations

Peer Run Organizations are services or activities that are planned, developed, administered, delivered, and evaluated by persons, a majority of whom have a direct lived experience of a mental health and/or substance use disorder. Peer Run organizations include but are not limited to consumer operated services, recovery community organizations, peer drop-in centers, and club houses.

Peer run organizations have a primary goal of enhancing the quantity and quality of support available to individuals seeking recovery from mental health or substance use disorders; are grounded in three core principles: a recovery vision, authenticity of voice, and accountability to the recovery community; promote the strategies of public awareness and education, personal empowerment, and peer based- and other recovery support services and activities which may include: peer recovery support, telephone recovery support services, all-recovery meetings, structured volunteer/work activities, groups, social activities, or wellness activities; and are responsive to the needs of individuals participating in services and be based on local needs as identified by the individuals participating in the service.

Through the promotion of sharing personal experience and knowledge, individuals engaged in peer support play an active and vital role in laying the foundations for sustained recovery.