Advanced Training for Certified Peer Specialists
October 31, 2012
The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) announced a new training curriculum, The Role of Peer Specialists in Supporting Employment Goals that will be piloted in two formats; a two-day classroom session and an eight-hour e-learning course. Both methods are designed to cover the same material and develop the same skills. The curriculum was developed through an Employment Development Initiative grant from the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors. Training will be provided by the Institute on Recovery and Community Integration and Recovery Opportunity, Inc.
Agencies that provide peer support services may recommend peers or supervisors for the two-day training December 12 - 13 or online course. The online course may be completed at the convenience of the participant and agency, but must be finished by a specified end date. The deadline for applications is November 8. Teams of up to three peer specialists and two supervisors per agency are encouraged to participate. Only certified peer specialists who have completed the two-week training program and currently work in the field will be considered. Up to 30 participants will be selected for each pilot. There is no fee and a stipend of up to $450 per person for travel expenses is allowed. Agencies must cover reasonable costs beyond the stipend limit. After the pilot phase, it is anticipated that fees will be charged for the specialized training. Agencies should submit one bundled application for all peer specialists and peer supervisors applying for training from the agency. However, each applicant must respond to the questions in the application form. Submit the form to firstname.lastname@example.org. Address questions to Angela Roland (email@example.com or 717-705-8280).