142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Peer-run organizations and coordination with behavioral health providers

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 3:10 PM - 3:30 PM

Laysha Ostrow, PhD, MPP , Department of Mental Health, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
Peer-run organizations are formal entities that promote empowerment and recovery by offering opportunities for self-advocacy and mutual support between people with lived experience in the psychiatric system. These organizations are a majority-controlled by people-in-recovery from mental disorders, and provide a wide range of mental health and community-based supports, educational, and advocacy activities. They vary in their capacity and resources, and provide a critical resource to people receiving services within local and state behavioral health systems.

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is increasing access to behavioral and physical health services. With this in mind, it becomes important to understand the value of supports offered by peer-run organizations and explore their role in linking people-in-recovery with non-peer providers.

This presentation will discuss results from the 2012 National Survey of Peer-Run Organizations—the first national study of its kind in over a decade. Relationships with other behavioral and physical health services will be described through frequency of referrals to ten types of services outside the organizations: psychotherapy, medication management/psychiatry, inpatient, emergency room, assertive community treatment/case management, disability benefits, physical health care, employment assistance, housing assistance, and legal assistance. Organizations’ perceptions of local providers on recovery-orientation and quality of relationships will be discussed in the context of coordination of care and linking members to wraparound and behavioral/physical health services. Potential for integration of peer-run organizations in efforts to organize health homes in the context of the ACA will also be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Administration, management, leadership
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Describe differences between supports provided by peer-run organizations and other behavioral health providers Assess linkages and attitudes of peer-run organizations toward other health and social service providers Discuss potential areas for growth in the context of the ACA and new opportunities for financing and coordination, such as health homes

Keyword(s): Peer Counselors, Affordable Care Act

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a PhD candidate at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health. My research, including my dissertation, is on peer-to-peer supports and systems change. I am also the Co-Executive Director of the Lived Experience Research Network, which conducts research, technical assistance, and advocacy related to mental health systems/services.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.