Pride Mental Health's
Certified Support Services
Pride Mental Health Certified Support Services promote unconditional hope, wellness, and recovery outcomes for individuals as well as for their natural support system. Certified Peer Support (ages 18+) and Certified Youth Support Services (ages 12-18) each assist individuals and families through non-authoritative (peer to peer) role modeling, support, and coaching, using evidence-based, peer-centered, empowerment tools. These Support Services are available to individuals (both adults and youth) who struggle with mental illness or emotional disturbances who are actively involved in mental health treatment and reflect the values, philosophies, intentions, and connectivity as both Idaho's newly adopted YES (Youth Empowerment Services) Program.
A Certified Peer and/or Youth Support's responsibility is to relate and support; not to instruct. Certified Support Specialists have been vetted and evaluated for both appropriateness as well as eligibility to become certified, by providing his or her own experiences with persistent mental health challenges and, more importantly, must have been able to demonstrate how he or she has overcome and/or learned to manage these mental health challenges.
Age ranges for Support Services
Peer Support - for Adults 18 and Over
Designed to bring individuals together to share and encourage growth, based on sharing personal experiences, tools, and resources to prompt the best possible outcomes for daily life decisions.
Certified Youth Support - Children ages 12 to 18
Designed to pair individuals with children to focus on the sharing of personal experience, prompting and encouragement to help the child toward more successful outcomes for challenges the child experiences.
Pride Mental Health's Certified Support Services assist individuals and families by providing life-experience as well as positive and reinforcing examples to help guide through life's tough decisions, and are an extension of your therapy. Ask your counselor for more details, and discuss together to decide if any of the Certified Support Services we offer are appropriate for you and/or your family.
More Information about Idaho's Certified Support Services
Individuals in Certified Support Services work as peers, rather than authoritative mental health professionals. Here is what Idaho Health & Welfare describes Certified Peer Support Services as...
"Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSSs) are critical in the Idaho mental health service system. These individuals have experienced a mental illness and recovery, and are well positioned to support others who are seeking recovery. Peers offer hope and encouragement by sharing their experiences and knowledge. They create opportunities for recovering individuals to live satisfying and meaningful lives.
Certified Peer Support Specialists provide hope for individuals, families, and communities recovering from mental illness by offering Connections to a community of peers, Encouragement and understanding, Information on accessing resource, and Support through recovery."
For additional information, click on the link below to be redirected to Optum's 'Frequently Asked Questions' page regarding YES programs.