Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is a project of Mental Health and Addiction Association of Oregon, a 501(c) (3) organization and is a federally funded national consumer/survivor technical assistance center through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Peerlink works to strengthen the capacity and infrastructure of peer-run programs and traditional mental health organizations. We also work with generic community agencies to increase their capacity to provide services to people diagnosed with mental illness that facilitate and promote social inclusion.
We offer training in organizational capacity building, employment and financial self-sufficiency to people who use/have used mental health services. Peerlink facilitates peer-run programs and organizations to move beyond focusing on general support and advocacy to promoting social inclusion strategies. We believe that people with mental health challenges are empowered by working, having financial resources, and participating in their communities as informed citizens.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.