Peer Support is a cornerstone service in many of Quest's programs. Quest Peers have lived experience with many of our core programs and are a powerful resource for people experiencing similar issues.
The goal of Peer Mentors at Quest is to support to you in your efforts to access and remain engaged in Quest’s programs. Using a model that values lived experience as a way to promote recovery, Quest hires Peers who have lived experience in the program they serve in. A Peer Mentor’s goal is to serve as a resource for people experiencing similar issues.
Quest’s Peer Mentors help prioritize marginalized communities for whom the impact of HIV, addiction issues and mental health issues are most severe so our services can address health equity gaps along lines of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender expression.
Peer Mentors walk with you on your journey. They work in collaboration with Quest Center staff and partner organizations to support you in accessing medical and behavioral health services. Not only can they make internal referrals to Quest programs, they can make referrals to local treatment providers. Peer Mentors can help clients navigate addiction treatment systems in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and some outlying counties while also helping the individual connect with housing, healthcare, mental health, and other service providers to help improve medical outcomes.
Your Peer Mentor is your health advocate. Examples of Peer support can look like this:
- Co-create wellness goals based on your health experiences
- Offer individualized care to help you succeed in those wellness goals
- Travel with you to and from appointments to provide support as needed
- Facilitation of mental health and wellness groups
Programs with Peer Mentors