The Horror, The Horror

Written by Amanda Barnabe and Jen M. Padron The first line of treatment in US psychiatric care is the prescription of psychotropic medications to an effected individual exhibiting mental diversity symptomology entailing behavioral and/or physical medically descriptive treatment. The symptoms and prescribed diagnosis, according to the Diagnostic Statistical Manual’s (DSM-5, 2016) symptomology of “Serious Mental Illness”Continue reading “The Horror, The Horror”

Peer Services in Behavioral Health Care Integration Workshop, June 14-17, 2015 (University of Wisconsin-Stout)

The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) provides for behavioral and physical wellness health coaching supports in an integrated setting (Swarbrick, M. (2013); Manderscheid, R (2013). The CPS is the vehicle that the US Peer workforce will initially exemplify the multitude of roles and is the only available source provider for peer services and supports where service deliverables are sustainably funded by the Medicaid and Manage Care Organization (MCO) peer supports in the ACA market. This is a public/private health care sustainable funding model. Peer Services | Supports are a win/win wellness and whole health solution in today’s ACA environment utilizing peer-driven services (Vestal, C. 2013) to co-locate in behavioral and physical integrated care environments.

US Peers Present the Case for Peer Support | Services on Capitol Hill

The purpose of these briefings was to offer a very convincing case for peer support services. This case is extremely strong: Both personal reflection and research evidence document the effectiveness of these services; good training is available to teach required skills; and the need for these services is very large and growing every day with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. One could not present a more convincing case about anything.