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What is a Peer Mentor?
A Peer Mentor is a person with a developmental disability who has learned problem solving strategies, how to be a self-advocate, how to live a self-determined life, and knows how to access services and resources in the community. Peer Mentors offer the benefit of their experiences, passing along encouragement and support to help others construct their own advocacy to bring about the changes they want for their lives. For more information about the benefits and to learn how to become a peer see our Peer Mentor Program Brochure.
Peer Mentor 101 Training
The Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council) provides an annual Peer Mentor 101 workshop for the purpose of training people with developmental disabilities to become effective peer mentors to others with developmental disabilities so that they may lead self-directed and more autonomous, satisfying lives. The training provides Peer Mentors with tools to guide peers to become better self-advocates, make their own choices, and develop leadership skills.
Working as Peer Mentor
Once trained, the individual completes a 90-hour internship supervised by staff at the Community Mental Health Service Provider (CMHSP) in 90-hour internship. Upon successful completion of
the internship, the Peer Mentor will be recommended for certification by the DD Council. Certified peers are eligible for employment at a CMHSP.
This map shows the current CMHSPs that provide peer mentoring service.
Centra Wellness, Community Living Services (Wayne and Oakland), Detroit Integrated Health Network, Healthwest, Integrated Services Kalamazoo, MORC, Inc., Network180, Northeast MI CMH
Shiawassee CMH, St. Clair CMH, Washtenaw CSTS
For information regarding Peer Mentoring, please contact Tracy Vincent at Vincentt1@michigan.gov or 517-284-7296.