GMSS Launches Peer Support Network for DSPs & SLPs

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The work our Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) and Shared Living Providers (SLPs) do is hard, very hard.  Not only are they consistently out in front supporting those we serve, but they also have a very lonely job.  Unlike most others in the Human Services sector, who can reach out to a colleague for advice or support simply by walking down the hall, our DSPs, because of the nature of our community-based services system, can’t easily connect with their peers.  As a result, they are too often isolated in their work.

Green Mountain Support Services appreciates tremendously the work of its DSPs and SLPs, and strives, therefore, to recognize and support them. Our newest initiative is the formation of the Green Mountain Support Services Peer Support Network (PSN).  GMSS reached out to all of our DSPs and SLPs to find those who might be interested in participating, and we were able to form a group who feel strongly about ensuring our Peer Support Network is effective.

On October 26th, Dr. Christina Moore, who also created the Peer Support Network program for Doctors Without Borders (Médecins Sans Frontières), came up to GMSS and trained four of our DSPs and four of our SLPs to become the first-in-the-nation, DSP and SLP Peer Support Network that follows the internationally renowned MSF model.

Our Peer Support Network will be available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week for advice and support.  They will also be reaching out periodically to their peers via text, email, or post mail, offering to call when appropriate.

 Peer Support Network Class of 2018

Peer Support Network Class of 2018