Peer Support Centers

What is a Peer Support Center?


Peer Support Centers are places where people with mental illness and substance use disorders can learn about recovery, find peer support, and have fun—all for free. The friends you make there will become like family to you.

There are 45 Peer Support Centers in Tennessee. The staff members are people who have mental illness and/or substance use disorder and who have been trained to give peer support. 

If you live in a county that a Peer Support Center serves, the peer staff can give you a free ride to the Center at least once a week. You do not need a referral and you do not need to receive services from the host agency in order to attend.

Click this link for a list of Peer Support Center Locations

What do you do at a Peer Support Center?

  • You can take classes on subjects like stress, anger, recovery, health, wellness, and grief.
  • You can go to peer support groups where you can talk  about what’s on your heart.
  • You can go on outings, play games, and do arts and crafts, among other activities.
  • You can help others in your town.

FindingMyRecovery is a positive, strengths-focused virtual Peer Support Center to support people in recovery from mental health disorders and/or substance use disorders.

For more information, contact:
​Lisa Ragan, Director
Office of Consumer Affairs and Peer Recovery Services
Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services