Skip to main content
Open Access Publications from the University of California


UC San Francisco Previously Published Works bannerUCSF

Peer Specialists in Community Mental Health: Ongoing Challenges of Inclusion.

Published Web Location
No data is associated with this publication.

Despite the tremendous growth of the peer specialist workforce in recent decades, significant ethical, political, and procedural challenges remain regarding recruitment and retention of peer staff. This column explores such challenges and potential pitfalls by examining the limits of current accommodation practices, the complexity of "shared identities," and the fraught interplay of disability, stigma, and employee misconduct. Implications for human resources, the importance of proactively addressing power dynamics between peer and nonpeer staff, and potential structural stigma in mental health settings are discussed.

Many UC-authored scholarly publications are freely available on this site because of the UC's open access policies. Let us know how this access is important for you.

Item not freely available? Link broken?
Report a problem accessing this item