What is Project PEER?
Project PEER (Peer Education Enrichment Resource) is a peer-led outreach and non-medical case management program aimed to help individuals who are at high risk for acquiring HIV. Our Peer Support Specialists (PSS) link individuals to preventative treatments, resources, and help them navigate the healthcare system. The PSS will accompany clients to their needed PrEP appointments and regularly check-in with the client in regards to their medical adherence.
People who are at high risk for acquiring HIV are individuals who partake in activities such as intravenous drug use, multiple anonymous sex partners, condomless anal or vaginal intercourse, and being in a serodiscordant (mixed HIV status) relationship.
The PEER Support Specialists work part-time in the community providing one-on-one street outreach and tabling to offer resources at high risk venues around the Seattle area. The PSS work remotely out of Seattle Counseling Service to assist PrEP consumers to services at SCS.
Project PEER aims to serve those individuals who have fallen through the community based organization cracks who are in need of assistance getting linked into preventative care.
- Assistance with health insurance enrollment
- PrEP education and case management
- Linkage to medical and dental care
- Referrals to community health resources
- Linkage to HIV/STD and HEP C testing
- Treatment navigation for HIV/STD and HEP C testing
All services provided by Project PEER are provided to the community completely FREE of charge!
Want to get connected with Project PEER? Shoot our Program Coordinator Lindsay an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (206) 323-1768!
Meet SCS' PEER Support Specialists:
Hello! My name is Kevin (They/Them) and I work with Project PEER. I’m 31 and studied chemical dependency counseling at Edmonds Community College. In my free time I enjoy playing computer games, hiking and gardening. I feel that I am exceedingly lucky to have the chance to be involved with a revolutionary program like Project PEER. I enjoy meeting new and different people and I find it incredibly rewarding to be able to help people whenever I can. I look forward to our program becoming an effective tool in the treatment and prevention of HIV.
Hey! I'm Brian, Peer Support Specialist at SCS. I have 8 years of experience in peer education and peer support with Seattle Area Support Groups and as Lead Peer Educator with Project NEON. Educating others and networking with other organizations are my strengths. Aside from working in the community, I'm an avid fan of sports and cooking.
My name is Terry Jones and I’m 48 years old. I have been living in Seattle for 23 years. I am also HIV+ and in substance abuse recovery. Currently I am employed as a Peer Support Specialist at Seattle Counseling Service. This position affords me the opportunity to use my past struggles and experience to help and guide other peers at risk for contracting HIV to make better choices and hopefully lead a better quality of life. My work gives me valuable self worth and motivates me to continue on my own path of recovery and wellness.
Hey! My name is Darrel, I am a Peer Support Specialist for Project Peer which is a brand new HIV prevention program at SCS. I started my peer education in 2014 with Project NEON which is SCS’s harm reduction program. I enjoy helping others to help motivate themselves and better their mental and physical health. I am proud to be working with such a great community. Being a part and helping others is what I feel community is all about
Project PEER Program Coordinator: Lindsay
Hello! My name is Lindsay and I am the Project PEER Program Coordinator and Project NEON Outreach Coordinator. I graduated from Central Washington University with a background in Public Health, specializing in community health education - I started my public health career here at Seattle Counseling Service as an intern and then became a project specialist for the agency! I love working in the community and empowering individuals to take control of their own mental and physical health. In my free time I enjoy horse backing, hiking, fishing and exploring the outdoors in the wonderful Pacific Northwest.