TA Coalition Webinar: The Role of Peer Supporters in Mobile Crisis Response and Respite Services

A SAMHSA sponsored webinar presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness took place Wednesday, May 22, 2024 from 3:30-5:00pm Eastern Time titled The Role of Peer Supporters in Mobile Crisis Response and Respite Services”.

Description: The crisis continuum of care is comprised of three pillars: someone to call (crisis call centers), someone to respond (mobile crisis teams), and a safe place to go (crisis stabilization options or peer-run respite options). While most mental health crises can be de-escalated over the phone, text or chat, some help seekers need an in-person response, and mobile crisis teams and peer-run respite options are essential alternatives to law enforcement or traditional emergency departments. This webinar focused on the crucial role of peer support specialists in providing an in-person response to a range of mental health concerns, including serious mental illness, ultimately helping to improve outcomes and divert individuals from justice system involvement or emergency department boarding. 


  • Susan Morris (she/her), Program Coordinator at Pheonix I-HELP Homeless Shelter 
  • Vic Welle (they/them), Peer Support Trainer 

If you have any questions, please contact Kelle Masten via email at kelle.masten@nasmhpd.org or Paige Thomas at paige.thomas@nasmhpd.org.


Thank you!