Oct 052014

In an Email sent to current certified PEER specialists the CCSR sharewd the following and ask it be passed on to those who might be interested:

Peer Support Training: Expanding the Opportunities

 Wichita, Kansas October 1, 2014 

 The Wichita State University Center for Community Support and Research in partnership with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has responded to the needs of the Kansas mental health community by implementing the following changes to the peer support training and certification process:

 Peer support training will be offered at two levels and at various regions throughout the state. Level 1 training will cover basic concepts and skills of providing peer support such as the language of recovery, using one’s recovery story, and establishing a supportive relationship. Level 1 training will be open to anyone who self-identifies as having primary, lived experience of a mental health challenge. 

 Level 1 training will be available not only to those who are already hired as peer specialists and who need certification, but also to people involved with consumer-run organizations, volunteers, and people interested in entering the peer specialist workforce.   

 Level 1 training will confer “in training” status on those hired at positions that require certification, such as community mental health centers and state hospitals. Peer specialists who bill Medicaid will now have one year (as opposed to six months, previously) to complete training through Level 2.

 Level 2 (complete certification for billing purposes) goes deeper into peer support concepts and adds skills such as problem-solving, facilitating peer support groups, and cultural competency. Level 2 training is reserved for those who have both completed Level 1 and are working at community mental health centers, state hospitals, and the VA.

 There will be an exam following each level of training.

 Currently certified peer specialists will automatically receive Level 2 status.

 Level 1 trainings are scheduled for

  • The Meridian Center in Newton (November 11-12, 2014)
  • Lawrence (December, 2014, dates and specific location TBD)

Subsequent Level 1 trainings are slated for Dodge City, Manhattan, Pittsburg, and Hays, dates and venues TBA.

The first Level 2 training is scheduled for Newton in March of 2015 and Great Bend later in the year.

 Other training dates and locations will be made available at the Training Teams website, http://trainingteams.org/TrainingTeams4.0/CertifiedPeerSpecialist/Cps_Home.aspx, as they are determined.

 Those who qualify can apply for peer support training any time by visiting the Training Teams website and downloading an application.

 For questions concerning applications, contact Christine Young at Christinedotyoungatwichitadotedu  (Christinedotyoungatwichitadotedu)  .

 For questions about the new training structure, contact Lael Ewy at laeldotewyatwichitadotedu  (laeldotewyatwichitadotedu)  .