Peer Recovery Specialist is an emerging and evolving career field for the care and treatment of individuals with mental illness. Peer Recovery Specialists provide an essential support system for individuals at Oregon State Hospital. Because of their shared past experience of mental illness, institutionalization, or substance abuse among many other things, Peer Recovery Specialists are uniquely positioned to provide mental health treatment to others also on their journey to recovery. There are a lot of possibilities no one of which is inherently better than others, but there must be a commonality to provide a different level of support and understanding for individuals than typical mental health professionals provide. Peer Recovery Specialists approach persons with mental illness with compassion and understanding while providing a dignified way for others to communicate their story, their hopes, fears, and how they desire to move forward in their life.
The peer recovery specialist provides direct support to individuals in the implementation of advocacy, individual and interdisciplinary team education, group and individual work, peer-operated services, and recovery enhancement.