Amistad, Inc. will recruit and develop an active Statewide Consumer Network in Maine made up of people working in Peer Services and individuals from SAMHSA targeted special populations. The Consumer Network will advocate energetically for the inclusion and expansion of Peer Services as part of the health care and behavioral health service mix. The Statewide Consumer Network we build will engage and negotiate with state policy makers, provider administrators and other stakeholders as part of the current health reform efforts in Maine. Expanded Peer Services will result in increased health for consumers of mental health services, improved use of health care and overall reduced health care costs.
Our project will include: participating in workshops and other learning opportunities across the state; participating with the state in the development of RFP and contractor materials for Accountable Care organizations that reflect the inclusion of Peer Services; developing a model providers can use to integrate Peers into the service mix; and especially, organizing the approximately 40 people who currently work in Peer Services statewide, as well as individuals who enter this workforce at a later time, into an active, communicative and tight-knit network.