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Peer Support Links

Rules Governing Peer Support

Peer Counselor Certification: WAC 388-865-0107

Peer Support Services: WAC 388-865-0453

Definitions: 388-865-0150 (includes definition of Consumer)

Community Support Services: 388-865-0230

Community Support Service Providers: 388-865-0400

Pillars of Peer Support Report

In November 2009, the Pillars of Peer Support Services Summit was convened at the Carter Center in Atlanta, GA. The intent of the Summit was to bring together those states that currently provide formal training and certification for peer providers working in mental health systems to examine the multiple levels of state support necessary for a strong and vital peer workforce able to engage in states’ efforts at system transformation, including recent innovations in Whole Health.  Washington state participated in the summit and the recommendations that arose from it.  Pillars of Peer Support Services Summit report.  Please note that in the graph on page 11 of the document Washington state is reported to have no employed certified peer specialists.  This is not accurate.  Washington state does not keep data on the number of employed certified peer counselors so no number could be reported for this report.

Northwest Seeds of Change

NW Seeds of Change is a peer to peer interactive on-line social network for people in Washington State interested in mental health recovery.  The Washington State Transformation Grant Regional Organizational Initiative rolled out the site in September 2009.  Members of this site have access to groups and postings dedicated to peer support and certified peer counselors in Washington state.