Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 53, Issue 5, pp 542–549 | Cite as

Peer Support in Full-Service Partnerships: A Multiple Case Study Analysis

Original Paper


Peer providers are integral to Full Service Partnerships (FSPs), which are team-based mental health service models. Peer providers use principles of recovery to engage clients, but FSPs can vary in their recovery orientation. Whether and how peer recovery orientation reflects the organizational environments of FSPs is unclear. This qualitative study explored peer provider attitudes towards recovery within the organizational contexts of FSPs where they are employed. Case study analysis was conducted on eight purposively sampled FSPs using qualitative interviews with peer providers and program directors. In two cases, peer recovery attitudes diverged from those of their organizational context. In these cases, peer providers were champions for recovery, and used practice-based strategies to promote client autonomy despite working in settings with lower recovery orientation. Peer providers could be uniquely positioned to promote client autonomy in settings where organizational factors limit consumer choice.


Full-Service Partnership Peer Support Recovery Case Study Analysis 



This research was supported by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality [AHRQ1R01HS019986].

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Siantz
    • 1
  • Benjamin Henwood
    • 2
  • Todd Gilmer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Family and Preventive MedicineUniversity of California, San DiegoLa JollaUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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