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Friday, April 05, 2019

July 11 Webinar on Peer Support Services

Organizational Considerations for Successful Implementation of Peer Support Services

Friday, July 11, 3:00 pm Eastern Time

In May, 2013, CMS/SAMHSA released a joint informational bulletin that clarified the definition of "Peer" to include adults, families, and youth. As a result of this clarification many organizations are working closely with their states to expand current peer services to include the full spectrum of service possibilities. Currently, 32 states have included Peer Support in their Medicaid State Plan, many through the Rehab Option. Many of these states currently offer only Adult Peer Support services and are in the process of expanding services to be inclusive of family and youth models. Many states that do not currently offer Peer Support as a Medicaid reimbursable service are considering this option but until this becomes a reality, provider organizations must rely upon alternate types of funding.

Please join us as we explore the evolution of this emerging workforce. We will look at the growth of Peer Support since its inception and track through to the present day status of adult, family, and youth Peer Support. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the organizational considerations that are crucial to the successful implementation of these three, unique models of Peer Support.

Presenters: Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, National Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health; Patrick Hendry, Senior Director of Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America; Lacey Kendrick Burk, Executive Director, Youth Move National

Instructions for joining the July 11 webinar:

1. Go to -

(Please either right click on the link or copy and paste the link into a new tab.)

When the Adobe Connect Log-in screen appears, select "Enter as a Guest," enter the name and state of the participant in the "Name" field (Ex. Jane Doe-AK) and click on "Enter Room."

2. Once prompted to join the Audio portion of the meeting, please select:

"Dialing-in to the Audio Conference Via Phone." Then dial 1-888-727-2247 and enter the conference ID number 5433540#. 

Dialing in allows for interaction and dialogue.  Please ensure that your computer speakers are turned down so that there is no audio feedback.

Note: If you are only able to join the audio portion, then you will not be able to see the webinar presentation. 

We highly recommend that you test your connection to Adobe Connect in advance of the webinar to ensure access. You may need to work with your state’s IT Department to resolve any firewall issues. To test your connection, please go to: You may be prompted to install ActiveX control, Adobe Flash Player, and Adobe Connect add-ins. If you encounter any difficulty testing your connection or logging into the webinar, please contact Technical Support by calling 1-800-459-5680.

If you are having an issue logging into the web, you can also join by phone first, press *0 and get a private operator help to get you onto the web.  If you have an issue any time during the call, you can press *0 for immediate help. 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Kelle Masten at or at 703-682-5187.