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Regional Peer Support


Regional Peer Support Initiative


Through grant funding secured from the Department of Justice’s Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Program (COAP), the Hyde County Health Department is leading the charge for peer support efforts in Northeastern NC. This Regional Peer Support Program has been designed and formatted to bring peer support services to the 2nd Judicial District of NC which includes Hyde, Beaufort, Martin, Tyrrell, and Washington Counties. This regional project will also assist individuals in obtaining peer support training as a means to increase the number of Certified Peer Support Specialists in this five-county region.

The Leadership Team for the Regional Peer Support Project is made up of representation from Hyde County Health Department, Beaufort County Health Department, and Martin-Tyrrell-Washington Health District. This Leadership Team and local Certified Peer Support Specialists partner with various agencies across these counties to ensure the enhancement and development of Peer Support in each respective area.  



Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, social or practical guidance and support to one another. A peer support specialist is a person with “lived experience” who has been trained to support those who struggle with mental health, psychological trauma, or substance use. Their personal experience of these challenges provides peer support specialists with expertise that professional training cannot replicate. 


If you are interested in taking advantage of peer support services in our region OR if you are interested in becoming a Certified Peer Support Specialist, please reach out to us using the contact information listed below.

Anna Schafer



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