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Peer Run Programs & Services

Peer run programs are independent programs controlled by people with behavioral health issues. Programs offer a safe place for people seeking or in recovery to support each other while working to achieve the life they want. Peer support is based on the belief that people who have overcome hardships can offer useful help to others who are facing like issues. Services are not clinical. Peer support is shared support. Each person gives and gets support. Participation in peer services must be voluntary. Services vary by program. Services may include self-help groups, wellness education, recovery supports, community-building and advocacy.

Services are free and open to the pubic.

National Technical Assistance Centers

The organizations listed on this page are designed to assist peer run programs to get started and grow.  They are funded by the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS).  Please select a link below for more information.


During Business Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM EST (Crisis line available 24/7)

Participant Questions and Help to Find a Provider Call Toll-Free:
(800) 888-1965, TTY 711
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST

All Providers: Questions, Referrals, Crisis Calls:
(800) 888-1965, TTY 711
Monday - Friday: 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM EST

Outside of Business Hours (evenings, weekends, holidays)

Maryland Suicide and Crisis Lifeline:
9-8-8 (Available 24/7)

Optum Crisis Line Available 24/7:
(800) 888-1965, TTY 711