Peer support workers are individuals who have lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use disorder. Current studies have sought to determine the effectiveness of using peer support workers in the provision of behavioral health services, the results of which offer conflicting results, as well as weak evidence and a lack of methodological rigor.
Discrepancies in training requirements and role definitions make rigorous comparative effectiveness studies difficult to conduct. However, this study will assess the literature to better define worker roles across behavioral health settings, compare direct costs for behavioral health services in a sample of facilities with/without peers, and assess treatment outcomes with/without peers.
To be released in the Fall of 2020