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Improving Capacity to Monitor and Support Sustainability of Mental Health Peer-Run Organizations
Laysha Ostrow, M.P.P.; Philip J. Leaf, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2014; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300187
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The authors are with the Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore (e-mail: lostrow@jhsph.edu).

Copyright © 2014 by the American Psychiatric Association

Abstract

Peer-run mental health organizations are managed and staffed by people with lived experience of the mental health system. These understudied organizations are increasingly recognized as an important component of the behavioral health care and social support systems. This Open Forum describes the National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations, which was conducted in 2012 to gather information about peer-run organizations and programs, organizational operations, policy perspectives, and service systems. A total of 895 entities were identified and contacted as potential peer-run organizations. Information was obtained for 715 (80%) entities, and 380 of the 715 responding entities met the criteria for a peer-run organization. Implementation of the Affordable Care Act may entail benefits and unintended consequences for peer-run organizations. It is essential that we understand this population of organizations and continue to monitor changes associated with policies intended to provide better access to care that promotes wellness and recovery.

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Table 1Survey respondents that met criteria for a peer-run mental health organization, by region
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a “When staff interacts with individual members or groups of members to provide peer support”

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