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Program Information
Program Name: BHI Peer Specialist Program
Agency Name: Behavioral Healthcare, Inc.
Year the Program was Started: 1993
Public Contact Person: Nate Rockitter
Address: 10004 E. Colfax
Aurora, CO 80010
Telephone #: (303) 839-8590
Fax #: (303) 739-0389
Email Address: info@peertraining
Website URL: www,
Program Category: Drop-in Center, Peer Support, Technical Assistance
Target Participants:
Persons on Inpatient Units, Persons w/ Criminal Justice Issues, Persons who are Homeless, Veterans, Young Adults, Adults, Older Adults
Program Setting:
Program Owned or Leased Facility (leased store front, community residence)
Annual Program Budget: $200,000-$400,000
Number of staff: Paid Full-Time: 3-5
Paid Part-Time: 10-20
Volunteers: 1-2
Consumer involvement in the program
Number of staff members and volunteers who are consumers: All
How often do consumer staff and volunteers participate in program decisions? Usually
Number of administrators or board members who are consumers: None
Program Training/ Technical Assistance Materials Available: Training curricula, Individual training, Program brochure, Guides/Manuals, Website
Cost for materials? Yes
Program Goals: Employ mental health consumers as Peer Specialists
Have any outcomes for this program been assessed through internal or external research? Yes
If Yes, details: Consumer Satisfaction Surveys reveal the effects of meeting with a Peer Specialist relative to other services (i.e. therapy, support groups)
Program Mission Statement: The BHI Peer Specialist Program trains and employs Peer Specialists by utilizing the group process and teaching counseling skills. The fundamental concept in this program is that "people can think for themselves".
Additional Information: The BHI Peer Specialist Program provides 7 credits of training through the Community College of Denver. Participants are encouraged to continue their education and reach their full potential.

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