Workplace, academic and clinical settings
The introduction and implementation of a peer support program within an organization offers a unique opportunity for evaluation and research that can contribute both to the evidence base for peer support as well as for respective organizations implementing these initiatives.
MHI is dedicated to incorporating such activities within its Program implementation process through a collaborative approach developed with Peer Support Accreditation Certification (Canada) (PSAC(C)), a not-for-profit organization that was created as a natural next step from a major peer support project lead by the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC). PSAC(C) has developed a web based program evaluation platform using instruments to evaluate the impact of peer support.
Peer Support Accreditation and Certification (Canada) [PSACC] is a not-for-profit organization created to provide national certification and accreditation services in accordance with nationally endorsed standards of practice for mental health peer supporters. Its corporate mandate includes undertaking research and evaluation pertaining to peer delivered mental health services and programs.
PSACC has an acknowledged leadership role in managing the collection of evidence based data aimed at furthering the advancement of peer support – a non clinical, recovery based approach that is complementary to the medical model of mental health care.
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