Peer Partners

Individualized Peer Coaching Support

Peer Partners supports people in the San Francisco Bay Area who live with mental health, substance use, and other challenges in pursuing recovery as they transition out of the hospital. For us, recovery means finding ways of living that work for you, based on your personal goals and needs. Peer coaches are here to partner with you in the recovery process as you find the resources, tools, and personal knowledge you need to work toward your goals and find your footing again. Peer coaches all live with their own mental health challenges and use their experience in recovery and specialized peer training to support you now.

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We are here so you don’t have to do this alone.

A Peer Coach can work with you to…

  • Define your recovery goals and steps you can take toward them
  • Get involved with community services and groups
  • Find opportunities for learning and education
  • Practice self-care and coping skills
  • Make and attend appointments with service providers
  • Write a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP ®)
  • Connect with other peer supports at MHASF
  • Develop supportive relationships
  • Advocate for what you need
  • Feel empowered, encouraged, and accepted

What does it cost, and how does it work?

Peer Partners is currently available by referral only through certain private insurance providers. We work with providers to match people who may be a good fit for our program with a Peer Partners coach, for ongoing post-hospitalization support.

If you have been referred to our program, it’s up to you to decide whether or not you want the support of a peer coach. If you do, we will work with you to set up meetings, either in person at a location that’s convenient for you or by phone or email, where we can talk about your priorities and how we can best support you. Peer support can be as simple as offering you a listening and understanding ear and as complex as working with you toward multiple, long-term recovery goals. How we spend our time together depends on you and what you want for your life.

Will Peer Partners grow to become available to more people?

Peer Partners is MHASF’s newest program, but we’re already looking for ways to open our services to others who may not be able to access peer coaching through their insurance. We’re interested in hearing from community-based organizations, county health plans, foundations, and others who may be interested in partnering with MHASF to expand our peer coaching services or who have experience offering fee-for-service peer support in the community.

For more information or if you are interested in supporting Peer Partners, contact Will Kamin (Mental Health Recovery Programs Assistant Manager) at william@mentalhealthsf.org.

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