Peers4Recovery Workforce Development
Parent Support Network works with the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) and other state and local partners to offer ongoing workforce development training and technical assistance activities to build the Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) workforce.
PSN is working with Building Futures, Apprenticeship RI and now has a registered apprenticeship program to advance certified peer recovery specialists with dual certification as community health workers and specialty on the job work experience.
A peer provider (e.g., certified peer specialist, peer support specialist, recovery coach) is a person who uses his or her lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services in behavioral health and other community settings to promote mind-body recovery and resiliency.
In primary care, peer support services have traditionally been limited to an informal or volunteer role of connecting people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, in sharing knowledge and experiences with each other. More recently, peer support roles have evolved to include community health workers, peer coaches, and more.
Visit our Training Calendar to learn more about the following trainings:
Intro to Recovery Oriented System of Care & Peer Based Recovery Support Services
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Integrated Behavioral Health Training
CPRS Supervisor Training
Intro to WRAP
Rhode Island Peer Recovery Council
Meets 3rd Thursday of the month from 11 am to 12:30 pm to discuss peer recovery specialists workforce and policy needs ---website in development
Monthly Peer Recovery Specialist Group Supervision
Meets 1st Tuesday of the month from 12 pm to 2 pm (soup and potluck) peer workforce support and ongoing presenters
For more information, please feel free to contact Peers 4 Recovery Workforce Development Manager, Leah Germinara (firstname.lastname@example.org).