FolkTime Peer Support Specialists are individuals who offer hope and empathy, having experienced similar journeys through life.
In 2012, FolkTime joined with Clackamas County to provide Peer Support Specialists in three clinics, Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC), Stewart Center and Hilltop Center. Peer Support Specialists are consumers of mental health and addiction services but have participated in specific training to learn how to assist others who are in various parts of their mental health and addiction recovery. FolkTime endorses and has trained all staff in Intentional Peer Support, which is a peer-created national model. Through this program clients of the clinics can form connections with peer providers where they can explore their world views, foster mutuality, and move towards their ideal life of recovery. Peers based in the clinic primarily meet with individuals in the community. These meetings can range from hospital visits to grabbing a cup of coffee to an afternoon of water aerobics. Peer Support Specialists, as active participants, are there to support the individual in their chosen path of recovery.