Learning Community on Financing Peer Support: Part I
This 90-minute learning community session was held on May 13, 2021; and included representation from the Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, the Family-Run Executive Leadership Association, the National Association of State Mental Health Directors, the Georgia Health Authority and NAMI National, as well as the directors of family peer-run organizations in Maryland, Alaska and Oregon. The main focus of the discussion was the pros and cons of different funding arrangements--including Medicaid, block grants, per-member-per-month contracts and daily rate-- by which organizations are paid to provide peer support. Also discussed were challenges related to certification and infrastructure which are creating uncompensated expenses related to hiring peers; and the difficulties encountered by organizations that have to manage multiple contracts, each with its own funding arrangement.
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