SPOKANE, Wash. — On par with a national growing trend, the Spokane Public Library will now have peer service specialists in different library locations thanks to a partnership with Peer Spokane and funding from local non-profit Better Health Together Community Linkages.
Peer Spokane received $400,000 from Better Health Together to put Peer Services Specialists in libraries. The money will help place at least two full-time peer service specialists at three Spokane Public Library locations for the next two years. The goal is to help connect people with resources.
"This funding and partnership will allow us to expand services to even more individuals in need," said Bethiah Streeter, the Social Services Manager at Spokane Public Library. "We are grateful for the support of Better Health Together and excited to work with Peer Spokane to make a positive impact on the health outcomes of our community."
Peer Spokane said it hopes this program will help people experiencing homelessness and those with behavioral health needs, such as mental health and substance abuse, by connecting them to the appropriate resources.
According to Spokane Public Library, the Peer Spokane team will be based out of Central Library and expand services to Liberty Park Library and Shadle Park Library later in 2023.
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