Peer supporters provide behavioral health care to people struggling with issues that they themselves have struggled with. That shared lived experience makes this approach effective, advocates say, and several Northeast Ohio service providers agree.
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Cuyahoga County held a grand opening for its new Diversion Center on a bright, chilly morning in early May. One by one, elected officials, judges and politicians stepped up to the podium to sing its praises. Outside the tent where the politicos were seated, leaders from Greater Cleveland Congregations, a faith-based group wearing bright yellow shirts, stood in the back and cheered.