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“The Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC) is providing cutting-edge services to address the increasing needs for mental health services for inmates by instituting one of the first comprehensive Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPS) programs in a prison setting in the United States. …… Implementation of the CPS program has far exceeded expectations and is in part responsible for changing the culture around how incarcerated individuals are viewed.”
Issued in 2013 as a consensus and guidance document for those who are providing or supervising peer support services, this document was the result of a six-month, inclusive process where an iNAPS task force, an expert panel at SAMHSA headquarters, and over 1000 peer supporters nationwide came to a 98% national agreement on twelve core values of peer support and what those values look like, in practice . . .
The National Consumer and Consumer Supporter Technical Assistance Centers provide technical assistance to promote consumer-directed approaches for adults with serious mental illnesses and are funded by SAMHSA. Such programs maximize consumer self-determination and recovery, promote access to treatment, and assist people with serious mental illness by decreasing their dependence on expensive social services and avoiding psychiatric hospitalization.
Career Development for Certified Peer Specialists
Certified Peer Specialists in Crisis Services Training:
Provided by the PENNSYLVANIA PEER SUPPORT COALITION, this training is specifically designed to prepare CPSs to work in crisis services (telephone, mobile, walk-in, and residential) and increase their skill set. Topics covered include the Mental Health Procedures Act, roles and responsibilities of a CPS in crisis services, de-escalation, and suicide assessment and prevention.
For more information and to register online, visit http://papeersupportcoalition.org/education/continuing-education/
For questions or to request a paper application, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mental Health Advance Directive Train-the-Trainer:
The PA Mental Health Consumers’ Association (PMHCA) is excited to announce the Mental Health Advance Directive (MHAD) Train-the-Trainer Course scheduled in Beaver County!
REQUIREMENT: Successful participants will be asked to facilitate the training at least once before the end of 2019. By submitting your application and completing the training, it is assumed that you make this commitment.
What: Train-the-Trainer, Mental Health Advance Directive
When: Monday, June 10, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. thru 4:00 p.m.
Mental Health Association in Beaver County
105 Brighton Ave
Rochester, PA 15074
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MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA
How does the MHA NCPS compare to state certifications?
- MHA 2019 Annual Conference: Dueling Diagnoses: Mental Health and Chronic Conditions in Children and Adults
PENNSYLVANIA CERTIFICATION BOARD
A new formal certification will be necessary for CPS’s to provide Medicaid billable peer support services. Q & A
The grandparenting period begins March 1, 2018 and ends August 31, 2019.
The requirements for the grandparenting process must be met but no additional exam will be required.
The requirements to become grandparented are:
- You must have completed the two-week Certified Peer Specialist training from one of the recognized training vendors. Those two vendors are the Institute for Recovery and RI Consulting.
- Complete the CPS Grandparenting Application and sign and date a Peer-specific code of ethical conduct.
- Signed and notarized release form.
Consumer Health Coalition – The Human Library
“At The Human Library, the Books are People and The Stories Are All True.”
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Webinars and Online Learning:
Free – SAMHSA Knowledge Network:
Free – BRSS-TACS:
Free – iNAPS (International Association of Peer Supporters):
Past Webinars: 22+ useful webinars (on demand) for career development.
Mandated Reporter Trainings at DHS.pa.gov
Adult Protective Services Webinars:
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:00 AM
Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 1:00 PM
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 11:00 AM
University of Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center
Common Ground Approach – Pat Deegan
A live and on-demand collection. (Each course comes with a 1-hour certificate of attendance.)
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Peer Services Toolkit
Peer Respite Resources
Learn about Peer Respites: What are they? Why and where do they exist? How do they work?