Peer Services Implementation
Since 2010, when Via Hope held its first Peer Specialist Certification Training and launched the Peer Specialist Learning Community, over 1,000 people have been trained as peer specialists and there has been a veritable explosion in the growth of peer support positions in the Texas behavioral health system.
As the value of peer support has become recognized and the interest in hiring peer specialists has increased, so has the demand for tools and practices that support the integration of this new workforce into provider settings. In the Peer Specialist Integration (PSI) Program, we work together across five domains to support organizational changes that make it possible for peer specialists to effectively provide peer support: Organizational Culture, Funding Peer Specialist Positions, Recruitment and Hiring of Peer Specialists, Peer Support Staff Role Definition and Clarification, and Supervision and Career Advancement.
2018 Peer Services Implementation Learning Community
The Peer Services Implementation Learning community is twelve-month program, designed to help provider organizations effectively implement the services of Certified Peer Specialists. Organizational teams who participate will be comprised of peer specialists, supervisors of peers, clinical staff, and individuals in administrative leadership roles. There is a competitive application process, opening March 7th.
To find out more about the 2018 PSI Learning Community and how to apply, please view the following documents:
- PSI Application Supplement 2018 – program details, timeline of activities, and requirements
- PSI LC Application Preview – a PDF of the online application for you to prepare answers prior to submitting online (this is strongly recommended)
- 2018 PSI Experiential Component Guide – instructions for the experiential component of the application
To complete the online application, go here.
Peer Services Documentation Webinar – March 21st
“Peer Specialist Documentation: How to Provide Effective Documentation while Maintaining Peer Support Ethics and Values,” presented by Amy Pierce, CPS, Via Hope PSI Field Liaison
Join the Recovery Institute Peer Services Implementation Program for an upcoming webinar to explore the complex topic of Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) documentation practices. In this webinar, Via Hope will continue to look at the unique role of Certified Peer Specialists (CPSs) and examine ways that the agencies where CPSs are employed can honor that unique role. To learn more and register, go here.
To learn more about Peer Services Implementation, you may contact Via Hope staff.