As states and communities across the nation look for new and innovative ways to sustain and grow SOAR, local community resources are often overlooked.
Consumer/peer-run organizations are one of the most invaluable yet overlooked assets in our service system. Operating in most communities across the country, these organizations have a history of providing excellent services to people with behavioral health issues.
This webinar provided the background, tips and tools necessary to implement consumer/peer initiatives within SOAR programs to increase service capacity. Speakers included representatives from SOAR initiatives operating within consumer/peer-run organizations. Webinar participants gained firsthand knowledge from consumer/peer-run organizations that are already obtaining great outcomes using SOAR.
- Matt Canuteson, Project Associate at SAMHSA's SOAR Technical Assistance Center, Policy Research Associates, Inc. in Delmar, NY
- Brian Smith, MA, Housing Program Administrator, PATH State Contact and SOAR State Lead at Vermont Department of Mental Health in Montpelier, Vermont
- Cara Coleman, MA-LPC, Homeless Grant Coordinator/Supervisor at Allegan County Community Mental Health in Allegan, Michigan
- John Mills, CPSS, Homeless Outreach & Services Specialist with Allegan County Community Mental Health in Allegan, Michigan
- Ben Busfield, CPSS, Housing and Mental Health Court Peer Support Specialist with Allegan County Community Mental Health, in Allegan, Michigan
- Josh Black, PATH Program Manager at Capital Recovery Center in Olympia, Washington
- Joann McCann, CPSS, Genesee Health System, Flint, Michigan
- William Doub, Supervisor, Community Housing, Genesee Health System, Flint, Michigan
Click the links below to access the webinar:
- Webinar Recording
- PowerPoint Slide Presentation (PPT)
- Additional Materials
- Sample Job Description #1 (DOCX)
- Sample Job Description #2 (DOCX)
- Sample Job Description #3 (DOCX)
- Peer Support Workers and Peer-Run Organizations: A Beneficial Resource for Implementing SOAR (SOAR Issue Brief; updated 2018)
- National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (locate consumer-run organizations in your area)