Efficacy of a Post-Hospitalization Peer-Mentor Program

Study Type/Phase: Retrospective, Observational Status: Not Recruiting

This is a retrospective observational research study conducted in partnership with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), Santa Clara County, designed to evaluate patient health outcomes for individuals who have taken part in the NAMI Santa Clara’s “Community Peer Mentor Program.” The Community Peer Mentor Program offers individuals who have experienced in-patient psychiatric hospitalization support from a peer mentor who is taking part in NAMI Santa Clara’s Community Peer Mentor program.

The purpose of this study will be to inform researchers, healthcare providers, and hospital administrators of the potential use of peer mentor programs for the support of those who struggle with mental illness. Study participants will be mailed a short questionnaire that assesses daily activities and health information following their participation in the peer mentor program.

Approximately 200 former patients who previously took part in the Community Peer Mentor Program will take part in this study from the El Camino Hospital Behavioral Health Services.

Speak with your doctor to determine whether you meet the following criteria for participation in this study.

Inclusion Criteria Exclusion Criteria
  • ≥ 18 years of age
  • Former El Camino Hospital patients who received treatment in Behavioral Health Services inpatient or outpatient programs and were part of the “Mentors on Discharge” program
  • <18 years of age
  • Currently receiving treatment in Behavioral Health Services inpatient or outpatient programs at El Camino Hospital


Principal Investigator

Peter Scheufele, Ph.D.


Santa Clara National Alliance on Mental Illness


Peter Scheufele, Ph.D.