Virtual Peer Support & Recovery Workforce Development
PSN Receives 2.368 Million -4 Year workforce development grant, Opioid Impacted Family Support Program, HRSA
PSNRI is excited to share that we will continue to provide virtual training and direct work experience hours for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists focused on specialty populations and dual certifications. We are now recognized as a Federal Registered Apprenticeship Program and we recently received a new 4 year workforce development federal grant award, Opioid Impacted Family Support Program with Federal agency- Health Resources & Service Administration. This 4 year grant will provide an opportunity to increase the number of peer recovery specialists and other behavioral-health professionals working on inter-professional teams to provide services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD), and their family members in guardian roles. Watch for our upcoming Kick off event - training, internship and apprenticeship opportunity!
Building Futures- Dual Certified Peer Recovery Specialist & Community Health Worker - Federal Apprenticeship Program
PSNRI participates in the Building Futures Program at Apprenticeship RI, implementing the Dual Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) & Community Health worker (CHW) Federal Apprenticeship program. All PSNRI direct service staff are required to participate in this apprenticeship program and we invite our agency partners to have their peer recovery staff participate too. Apprentices are required to work towards and receive CPRS and CHW Certification with the RI Certification Board, receive a total of 144 hours of training, and complete 2000 work hours. All agencies who participate receive a $1000 incentive for each staff in the program and an additional $1000 for up to 5 staff who graduate. Please reach out to Lisa Conlan Lewis, PSN Executive Director if your agency is interested in participating at or 401-269-9736.
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist -State BHDDH Contract
Parent Support Network has ended our 5 year contract on July 31, 2020 with the Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) to lead the coordination and delivery of the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Training and becoming certified. There has still been no announcement of which agency will continue this contract work. Peers4Recovery statewide helpline staff are still available to assist you by phone, with questions for the training, work experience hours, and certification until an agency is announced.
Contact us at: 401-889-3112.