Peer support provided by trained peer support specialists is a proven model for addressing mental health conditions. In 2007 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) identified peer support services for mental health to be an evidence-based practice. CMS deems the use of certified peer specialists reimbursable for states that choose to incorporate these services into their medicaid plans.

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The hope & grace fund is an initiative representing an unprecedented and unending commitment by the global women's skincare brand philosophy to support mental health and well-being of women. 

In October 2017, 2020 Mom was awarded a grant from the hope & grace fund (a project of New Venture Fund) to test how and which components of established mental health peer specialist training could benefit the field of MMH. 

The pilot training will be provided to 216 peers in partnership with several community based partners, including Women's Health Innovations in Arizona, Mental Health America -Houston, and Postpartum Support International.

An independent evaluator will evaluate and document findings and recommendations. Widespread dissemination of the pilot findings should garner more attention of existing evidence based mental health peer support training, and how it can be customized to meet the needs of mothers.

More specifically, the goals of the pilot include:

  1. To learn which components of existing and evidence-based mental health peer specialist training models can be leveraged to support women with maternal mental health disorders and what modifications may need to be made to address gender-responsiveness 
  2. To ultimately provide women across the U.S. who are in recovery and are eager to ‘give back’ an opportunity to be trained and state certified (and eligible to bill Medicaid) to support women in the perinatal period; both those at risk of maternal mental health disorders and those who are already suffering 
  3. To immediately build peer support/care capacity in two cities with high risk for maternal mental health disorders: Phoenix, Arizona and Houston, Texas 

The pilot findings will be published in the Fall of 2018.

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