In communities across Pennsylvania, Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists are helping others access treatment and recovery support services. As people in long-term recovery, peers bring their own unique lived experience and knowledge to help others navigate life outside of a clinical setting. The service is designed to promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills, and resiliency through mentoring and service coordination supports that allow individuals to achieve personal wellness and cope with the stressors and barriers encountered during recovery.
The Office of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is committed to supporting the training and education of Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Recovery Specialists. Very recently, a training and educational opportunity was brought to their attention by the State of Delaware, the Weitzman Project ECHO Peer Recovery Specialist Program.
The Weitzman Project ECHO Peer Recovery Specialist Program is offered in collaboration with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Weitzman ECHO® for Peer Recovery Specialists is a 12-month education program with sessions occurring twice a month that provides ongoing education and mentoring opportunities and connects Certified Peer Support and Certified Recovery Specialists to a community of peers and subject-matter experts.
It is important to mention that in Delaware the term “Peer Recovery Specialist” is inclusive of both the Pennsylvania mental health peer specialist and substance use disorder recovery specialist peers. So please apply this difference in terminology when reviewing this ECHO program.
The first session is Wednesday, November 6, 2019. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please register here.