The peer specialist movement: an interview with Gayle Bluebird, RN (interview by Kathleen Delaney)

Issues Ment Health Nurs. 2010 Mar;31(3):232-4. doi: 10.3109/01612840903230107.


In this interview, Gayle Bluebird, RN, Director of the Office of Technical Assistance (OTA) Center for Peer Networking, discusses the history and progress of the peer specialist movement. For the past 40 years, Gayle Bluebird has advocated for persons with psychiatric disabilities in service sectors, policy arenas, and with federal/state agencies. She has helped produce several important films and monographs on reducing seclusion and restraint. Currently her focus is on building a broader understanding of peer support services. This interview focuses on the peer specialist and the strides of peer support specialists in improving mental health services.

Publication types

  • Interview

MeSH terms

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Hospitalization*
  • Humans
  • Inservice Training
  • Medicaid
  • Mental Disorders / nursing*
  • Narration
  • Patient Isolation
  • Peer Group*
  • Reimbursement Mechanisms
  • Restraint, Physical
  • Social Support*
  • United States
  • Volunteers*