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 Hard Reduction Program Coordinator, Aaron Ness, an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at (206) 323-1768!
Meet SCS' PEER Support Specialists:
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.
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.
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.