Supports & Mentors
Peer Supports and Peer Mentors are people with disabilities (either a mental illness or developmental disability) who have learned successful life strategies through their own experiences.
Peers differ from counselors and support coordinators. Peers do not tell individuals how to live their lives, but offer the benefits of his/her experiences while encouraging the individual to plan and exercise control over their self determination.
Peer Supports and Peer Mentors know that being a self-advocate starts with self-determination. They know the benefits of living independently. In addition, they understand how to navigate systems (housing, education benefits, transportation and entitlements). He/she has good interpersonal skills and knows how to help individuals integrate into the community. Peer Supports and Peer Mentors involve friends and family as determined by the individuals they support.