What Is Peer Collaboration?
mhca recognizes the power of collaborating with your peers in the behavioral healthcare industry. Peer Collaboration is a structured, guided process that unleashes the necessary resources for leaders to create and manage change. This process was developed by Peer Partners® LLC and adopted by mhca as a member benefit to bring leaders with common interests and challenges together to share expertise, guidance and support.
Peer Collaboration encourages participants to take risks and create change by increasing communication among participating members at all levels within an organization of any size. Peers promote staff ownership of defined issues by helping them set goals, develop action plans, and uncover and implement solutions. Members who participate in Peer Collaboration not only learn from each other, but also forge trusting, life-long relationships.
Tap into the experience and unique skill-sets of your fellow mhca members.
Outside consultants are usually not familiar with your industry or your organization’s specific challenges and needs, so you spend a lot of time and money getting them up to speed, and even then they may be poorly equipped to deliver the practical help you seek. Your mhca peers possess a working knowledge and intimate understanding of your industry and can be one of your greatest resources, best critics and most ardent supporters.
How does Peer Collaboration Work?
||Choose three (3) peers that:
- Are willing to engage with colleagues around critical issues facing their company, or area of responsibility.
- Are diverse in terms of experiential perspectives.
- Are not direct competitors.
Prepare for initial on-site meetings by working with staff to
select key strategic, operational, HR or other persistent issues that
will be the focus of the collaboration; then gathering and sharing
relevant materials with peers.
Hold all initial on-site meetings within first year to lay the foundation of collaboration.
Peers typically spend a day and a
half with each host organization interacting with staff as resources,
providing encouragement and sharing their knowledge, skills, materials
Agree on the timing, frequency and form of subsequent meetings.
||Hold each other accountable for routinely assessing organizational
impact by reviewing project status and progress during follow-up
Next Steps - What To Do If You Want To Join A Group
If you're an mhca member CEO and are interested in joining a Peer Collaboration group, please contact Dale Shreve at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information and/or complete the following steps to learn more about potential peers and express your interest: