Peer Support/Self-Help Services:
Peer Support/Self-Help Services focus on developing independent living, social and communication skills so that members and/or their families can maximize their abilities to live and participate in their communities and function independently.
These services are provided by highly trained Peer Support Advocates, otherwise known as Behavioral Health Technicians (BHT), who offer emotional support, share skills and stories, provide practical assistance, and connect members with resources, opportunities and communities of support.
Peer Support/Self Help Services Include:
Peer Support Advocates:
Peer Support Advocates (BHTs) have found success in the recovery process and can help others in similar situations. They are trained to support the behavioral health and wellness goals determined for each member. BHTs engage in both direct and indirect work to maximize member and community connections.
BGAZ’s Peer Support Advocates take on the following roles when interacting with members to provide the best possible care:
1. Ally – Listener, bridge to resources, and supportive of recovery
2. Educator – Teacher of health information and community advocacy
3. Activist – Creator of positive change; challenger of unhealthy behaviors
4. Role Model – Mentor, seeks balance in personal life/duties, shares their own stories
5. Teammate – Go-getter, shows up with a positive attitude, contributes and knows when to ask for help