Peer run programs are independent programs controlled by people with behavioral health issues. Programs offer a safe place for people seeking or in recovery to support each other while working to achieve the life they want. Peer support is based on the belief that people who have overcome hardships can offer useful help to others who are facing like issues. Services are not clinical. Peer support is shared support. Each person gives and gets support. Participation in peer services must be voluntary. Services vary by program. Services may include self-help groups, wellness education, recovery supports, community-building and advocacy.
Services are free and open to the pubic.
National Technical Assistance Centers
The organizations listed on this page are designed to assist peer run programs to get started and grow. They are funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS). Please select a link below for more information.
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Star Center
- National Empowerment Center
- National Mental Health Participants' Self-Help Clearinghouse
- National Participant Supporter Technical Assistance Center
- Main Street Housing
- On Our Own of Maryland
- Participant Quality Team of Maryland
- Peer Wellness and Recovery Services, Inc.
- Recovery Community Centers (RCC)
- Wellness and Recovery Centers wellness and recovery centers
- Maryland’s Commitment to Veterans Phone: Toll Free: 1.877.770.4801