Ann Rider is a Holding the Hope Consultant focused on creating and funding systems of care.

Inspired by her own recovery from trauma, addiction, and mental health challenges, Ann Rider made it her life’s work to promote peer support. She wrote, taught and developed the first peer support training for Medicaid-funded peer support. Since then she has written two other distinct peer support curricula and has taught and developed peer support training in multiple states and three countries. Over 17 years she has been the Executive Director of two peer-run mental health agencies in two states. After earning a Masters in Social Work, Ann taught in the graduate school of social work at Arizona State University. In her “retirement,” she continues to write, teach, consult and advocate. She is currently the Board President of the National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy.”

Area of Focus

Springing from years of practice in peer support, peer-run programs and mediation, Ann offers consultation in the role of peer support, in documentation practices to pass audit, and in organizational culture.