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HRSA L4H Elgin/Smithville Only

Via Hope Peer Specialist Training Program Libraries for Health

Open August 26 – September 2, 2022

Behavioral Health Education and Training Grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

The Via Hope Peer Specialist Program is accepting applications specifically for the Libraries for Health (L4H) program, a second cohort of the Level 1 of a 4-year pilot program. This is a peer specialist training program that will provide initial training for certification and placement for the 250 field hours. The overall goal of the program is to improve health outcomes for people served in primary care, criminal justice, and houseless service settings. 

Application, Selection, and Participation Requirements:

  • The application must be completed in its entirety.
  • The program consists of 6 months of initial placement and additional placement after initial certification is completed (2 years).
  • Applicants must agree to attend and actively participate in all aspects of the program.
  • Attendees will participate in discussion and role-plays during trainings, utilizing personal experiences as individuals in recovery rather than clinical roles or training.
  • Participants will receive a part-time salary of $18 per hour, a stipend (5K), and library placement for experiential training.
  • Please only apply for Elgin/Smithville area comfortable travel distance.
  • Priority will be given to Spanish-speaking applicants.

Note: All Peer Specialists will cover more than one library. Libraries covered are listed under the options.

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