The Alaska Peer Support Consortium (the Consortium) started as an informal unfunded group in 2003 called the Alaska Consumer’s Consortium. The Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority (AMHTA) provided some seed money for the Consortium members (mental health peer providers) to meet together and discuss common issues. After this original funding the Consortium was asked to consider all beneficiary peer groups and changed its name to the Alaska Peer Support Consortium.
Recovery Education Centers of Alaska (RECA) was one of the Consortium members and had received its 501(c)3 status in September 2006. RECA was losing momentum as an organization and it was decided that the Consortium would take over RECA’s 501(c)3 ’shell’. This occurred in January 2009 and RECA ceased to exist as a distinct identity.
The Consortium is predominantly now a statewide membership-based network of peer support organizations, although it has recently developed a membership category for individuals delivering peer support. We provide services that meet an identified and corroborated need for organization-to-organization peer support, education and advocacy. These services help enable our member organizations to support those who are most likely not to receive services from more conventional sources, with the additional advantage that peer-support services are proven to be evidence-based practice .