Washington State's Peer Support Program has trained and qualified mental health consumers as Certified Peer Counselors since 2005. A "consumer" is someone who has applied for, is eligible for, or who has received mental health services. This also includes parents and legal guardians when they have a child under the age of 13, or a child 13 or older and they are involved in their treatment plan (WAC 388-865-0150).
Certified Peer Counselors work with their peers (adults and youth) and the parents of children receiving mental health services. They draw upon their experiences to help peers find hope and make progress toward recovery. Because of their own life experience, they are uniquely equipped to provide support, encouragement and resources to those with mental health challenges.
The peer support program is managed by the Office of Consumer Partnerships (OCP). The OCP is guided by adult, youth and family representatives with behavioral health concerns. Read about the goals and priorities of the Certified Peer Counselor program.
For more information contact: Jennifer McDonald, Peer Support Program Assistant, (360) 725-1718.