Using Peers to Support Adults with Serious Mental Illness

If you’re a person with a serious mental illness (SMI), you’re more likely to die 25 years earlier than the rest of the population. You’re also less likely to have a regular primary care provider, so you rely on acute inpatient facilities and emergency departments for treatment. The result? Highly costly and fragmented care that does little to address your needs.

More than ever, state Medicaid systems are turning to peers to help bridge the gap between physical and mental health services for individuals with SMI. Learn how peers can help integrate care for the most complex conditions in the National Academy for State Health Policy’s Using Peers to Support Physical and Mental Health Integration for Adults with Serious Mental Illness.