New Curriculum Strengthens Peers’ Role in Integrated Health Delivery
The SAMHA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions has developed a new peer support curriculum, Whole Health Action Management (WHAM), to promote whole health self-management and strengthen the peer workforce’s role in integrated healthcare delivery.
WHAM prepares the peer workforce to use person-centered planning to set achievable whole health goals and weekly action plans to create new health behavior by engaging in weekly WHAM groups. It also teaches basic health screens for prevention and shared decision making with health professionals.
Founded on researched chronic disease self-management programs such as HARP (Health and Recovery Peer Program) and science-based health and resiliency factors, like the Relaxation Response, WHAM was designed by peers for peers in recovery from mental illness and substance use disorders.
The SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions (CIHS) promotes the development of integrated primary and behavioral health services to better address the needs of individuals with mental health and substance use conditions, whether seen in specialty behavioral health or primary care provider settings. Run by the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare, CIHS is funded jointly by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Visit www.integration.samhsa.gov.