Peer Specialists & Community Mental Health Centers


Researchers from the University of Wyoming find that certified peer specialists “demonstrate high levels of communal orientation, job satisfaction, workplace integration and organizational support and are well received in mental health centers,” in an article published July 18, 2012 in the Community Mental Health Journal.

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Grant, A., Reinhart, C., et al: “An Examination of the Integration of Certified Peer Specialists into Community Mental Health Centers.” Community Mental Health Journal, online July 18, 2012

Related Item:
Grant, A., Reinhart, C., et al; “An Examination of Becoming a Certified Peer Specialist.” Proceedings of the 5th Annual GRASP Symposium, Wichita State University, 2009

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Kermit Cole
Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. I thought I would make a great peer specialist at my local community mental health center until I realized that the system is killing people with neurotoxins. The doctors nearly killed me with antidepressants and antipsychotics and benzos and I have seen many people being disabled a d outright killed by the drugs. So, no, I am not going to waste my skills & energy collecting information on psychiatric guinea pigs for Medicaid and supporting people’s “right” to be poisoned by behavior control chemicals.It’s like being a Jew working in a concentration camp, keeping the inmates in line so they don’t bother the Capos. Maybe I can get them some more peas in their soup, or an extra service from their caseworker.

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  2. Health care centers are quite eligible in providing beneficial health care and mental care service to the victims in different regions; therefore we have found the importance of health centers is quite high. Basically health care centers are divided into multiple groups to serve care service in the community; groups include mental care; oral care; health care and other types of care service to the people. But through the help of different health care features we are able to maintain a perfect health solution and make people healthy.

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  3. Totally agree Stephen.

    A few years ago. I had a great shot at one of the positions. So I decided to ask my contact what would happen if someone didn’t want to take their meds? By the way this person acted, you would have though I was advocating an overthrow of the US Government.

    Needless to say, I didn’t pursue the position as I had the sense I would find it very hard to deal with and wouldn’t last too long.


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