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Peer Resource Center

VA Peer Support

VHA Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention Peer Support Services Section's Research Think Tank Meeting

Monthly Series:  All Are Welcome!

This meetings occurs on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EST

During the hour, research related to Peer Services will be discussed, including outcomes, ongoing studies, and new grant ideas. If you are interested in being added to the distribution list, please contact Ray Panas at

October 20, 2022
Global Peer Support Appreciation Day! (third Thursday each October)

September 28, 2021
In honor of National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month, VHA Acting Under Secretary for Health Steven L. Lieberman, M.D. issued a video message thanking all VHA Peer Specialists for "their pioneering efforts to provide essential support for Veterans across the country." View the video message here.

July 29, 2020
Frederick Nardei, Jr., CPS-VF, CRS, CCIS participated in a discussion with VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and Second Lady Karen Pence on Veteran suicide prevention efforts.

VAPHS Discussion with Second Lady Pence

July 29, 2020

The VA National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans published a research brief on the VA HSR&D-funded study, "Examining the Impact of Peer Specialist Services on Housing and Behavioral Health among Veterans Residing in HUD-VASH."

May 11, 2020
Matthew Chinman, Ph.D. received the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System's 2020 Research Investigator Excellence Award as part of VA Research Week.

April 13, 2020
Frederick Nardei, Jr., CPS-VF, CRS, CCIS was featured on VA News, the official weekly broadcast of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

February 18, 2020
Matthew Chinman, Ph.D. authored a blog post for VAntage Point, the official VA blog, about his research on peer support. The post featured certified peer support specialist Frederick Nardei, Jr.


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