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Peer Wellness Coaches for Adults With Mental Illness
Amy N. Cohen, Ph.D.; Joya F. Golden, M.S.W.; Alexander S. Young, M.D., M.S.H.S.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.650101
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The authors are with the Department of Veterans Affairs Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Los Angeles. Dr. Cohen and Dr. Young are also with the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute, University of California, Los Angeles (e-mail: amy.cohen@va.gov).

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

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With the groundswell of attention on mental health recovery and consumer-centered care, consumer providers in mental illness (or “peers”) are working in various mental health settings. However, there has been too little information regarding introduction of peers into treatment settings. Our group has developed a comprehensive program to hire, train, place, and support peers as wellness coaches.

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