• Individuals with lived experience have an essential role to play in the public mental health/substance use disorder system and are considered peer supporters.
  • The roles that are created for peers within the service system should fully utilize the lived experience of the peer supporter, viewing it as a credential that the individual brings to the work that they do.  
  • Lived experience is necessary and on-going skill development for peer supporters is essential.
  • The recovery environment of the workplace is fundamental to the success of peer supporters and recovery for the individuals served.
  • Peer supporters are highly valued members of an agency; therefore, are fully integrated members of the mental health/substance use disorder delivery system. 
  • Equality and respect between peer supporters and traditional professionals must be reciprocal.
  • Choice and self-determination are important components in everyone’s recovery, including individuals receiving and providing services. 
  • Self-directed recovery does happen, with or without professional help.