Our Space is a professional innovative mental health support organization. We specialize in Peer Support services as the largest employer of Certified Peer Specialist in Southeast Wisconsin. Our peer specialist work one-on-one to provide support and connect those in need to other community support services. We strive to ensure that best practices and quality services are provided at all times.
What is a Certified Peer Specialist?
A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a person who has lived experience to include mental illness, substance use disorder, and/or trauma.
- CPS have formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health and/or substance use disorder supports.
- CPS are not clinical, but provide a therapeutic role by providing hope, coaching, supporting, and engaging others so they can move forward in their recovery.
- CPS play a significant and important role in an individual’s recovery support team.
Our Space, Inc. perceived early on the value and importance of peer support. Our Space was the first organization in Milwaukee County and one of the first in the state of Wisconsin to offer peer support services. In 2004, Our Space with the Social Rehabilitation and Residential Resources began offering peer support services to residents of the Fardale Supportive Apartments.Over the next 15 years, Our Space expanded its peer support services to residents of supportive housing facilities across the metropolitan area, and now provides services to 170 residents in five facilities. In 2005, Our Space received funding from the Healthier Wisconsin Partnership to implement a peer specialist training program, the first in the Milwaukee area. With the hiring of a state-approved CPS trainer.
We Know It Works!
Our Space works with the private insurer, Cenpatico. Our Space CPS’ provide peer support to Cenpatico members who are high-utilizers of emergency services. Through a pilot program that begun in 2016, Cenpatico identified members who volunteered to receive peer support. The results in the first year saw a dramatic reduction in the use of high-cost emergency services among members receiving peer support. While the services cannot be billed to Medicaid, the cost savings more than justified the continuation of the program in 2017 and beyond.