Peers for Progress

Peers for Progress was founded in 2006 to promote peer support as a key part of health, health care, and prevention around the world. The mission of Peers for Progress is to accelerate the availability of best practices in peer support. Peers for Progress is designed to demonstrate the value of peer support, extend the evidence base for such interventions, help establish peer support as an accepted, core component of health care, and promote peer support programs and networks on a global scale.

A Brief History of Peer Support: Origins by Patrick Tang, MPH

What Helps What Harms Maryland

What Helps What Harms Maryland was designed to infuse the youth and young adult voice into strategic policy actions and planning processes for systemic change in the state of Maryland through convening discussion groups and forums to learn about and make recommendations to address young adult peer needs.

The Fletcher Group

Provides Technical Assistance to rural communities whose efforts to help those with opioid and other substance use disorders can benefit significantly from safe, sustainable Recovery Housing and other Best Practice services.

The Sanctuary Model®

Represents a theory-based, trauma-informed, trauma-responsive, evidence-supported, whole culture approach that has a clear and structured methodology for creating or changing an organizational culture.

The Case for Peer Support

Peer support is an evidence-based practice for individuals with mental health conditions or challenges. Both quantitative and qualitative evidence indicate that peer support lowers the overall cost of mental health services by reducing re-hospitalization rates and days spent in inpatient services, increasing the use of outpatient services. Peer support improves quality of life, increases and improves engagement with services, and increases whole health and self-management. This document identifies key outcomes of per support services over a range of studies differentiated by program, geographic location, and year. Though many of the studies and programs listed in this article have some major programmatic differences, one thing is the same ? they all demonstrate the value of peer support.

The Center for Social Innovation (C4)

Promotes best practices that improve the lives of marginalized and vulnerable people. We focus on complex public health problems such as homelessness, trauma, and mental health and substance use disorders. Using state-of-the-art research, training, and technology, we help individuals, agencies, and communities deepen the impact of their work.

SMART Recovery Family & Friends

Science-based, secular alternative to Al-Anon and Johnson Intervention. Our method is based on the tools of SMART Recovery and CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training).

Substance Misuse Prevention for Young Adults-

This guide supports health care providers, systems, and communities seeking to prevent substance misuse among young adults. It describes relevant research findings, examines emerging and best practices, identifies knowledge gaps and implementation challenges, and offers useful resources.

SAMHSA Evidence-Based Practices Resource Center

The Center aims to provide communities, clinicians, policy-makers and others in the field with the information and tools they need to incorporate evidence-based practices into their communities or clinical settings. The Resource Center contains a collection of scientifically-based resources for a broad range of audiences, including Treatment Improvement Protocols, toolkits, resource guides, clinical practice guidelines, and other science-based resources.

SAMHSA BRSS TACS Identify and Implement Best Business Practices

Growing and sustaining the important and valuable work occurring within your organization can be challenging in the best of times. As organizations look to develop new strategies and approaches for providing and sustaining services and supports in a rapidly changing landscape, the need for accurate and relevant resources and technical assistance to support those efforts becomes a critical component in increasing your success and sustainability.


Works to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of peer-run programs and traditional mental health organizations.  We also work with generic community agencies to increase their capacity to provide services to people diagnosed with mental illness that facilitate and promote social inclusion.