University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Iowa Peer Support & Family Peer Support Training Program

The Iowa Peer Support and Family Peer Support Training Program provides comprehensive training for Iowa's peer support workforce including the development of statewide networks and continuing education opportunities. This program is a collaboration among CHSC, the University of Iowa National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, ASK Resource Center, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness Iowa.

A Peer Support Specialist is an individual who is personally living well in recovery from a serious mental illness.

A Family Peer Support Specialist is a parent or primary caregiver of a child with an emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorder. They work with families who also have children with serious mental health disorders.