Services delivered by individuals who have life experiences with health conditions in common with the people they serve offer unique opportunities to foster hope and facilitate change. Emerging data demonstrate not only improvement in health outcomes but also better service outcomes such as more successful transition to outpatient care after discharge from a hospital setting.
In this 90-minute panel discussion, we will share lessons learned from peer bridging in suicide care, supporting families and young people, and how technology-supported care may help peer bridgers, persons in suicide crises, and their supporters.
- Topher Jerome and Daniela Mendez Faria will describe a SAMSHA funded project in WA state, the impact of peer navigator support on patient experience, and their use of Jaspr Health technology platform.
- Ashley Albert and Ted Ryle will describe their plans for a peer support service in WA state’s juvenile rehabilitation administration focused on youth stepping down from incarceration and more generally providing community-based support to avoid restrictive settings.
- Masica Jordan-Alston and Cindy Schaeffer will describe both practical know how and summarize the clinical implications from the empirical literature to speak to optimizing family peer support.