Today 9/25 11a.m. Mental Health Peer Specialist: Ethics and Boundaries Webinar

Doors to Wellbeing
Peer Specialist Monthly Webinar Series

9/25 11am: Mental Health Peer Specialist: Ethics and Boundaries
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This webinar will provide a brief overview of ethics and boundaries of peer support particularly for those who support people with substance use disorders. Looking through the value of lived experience, we will discuss the specific ethical dilemmas related to supporting individuals with a co-occurring substance use and mental health diagnosis.  Additionally, we will review the benefit of using community-based supports to address unique challenges and support recovery.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the ethical duties of a peer support specialists.
  • Describe ethics and boundaries for supporting individuals with co-occurring substance use disorders and mental health diagnosis.
  • Discuss strategies to overcome unique challenges for peer support specialists when working with people with substance use disorders and mental health diagnoses.
Presenter Bios:

Ron Clark is a certified peer support specialist in North Carolina. Ron is a member of the Mecklenburg County Homeless Service Network Advocacy and Employment Committee, the Mecklenburg County Drug Free Coalition and the Carolina Healthcare Systems Advisory Board for the Traumatic Brain Injury 12 Step Recovery program.

Ron Clark began his Human Services career with Cardinal Innovations, as a Member Engagement Specialists with a focus on Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health in 2014. Prior to working for Cardinal Innovations, Ron was able to use his passion to help others as a technician with the Displaced Homemaker Program, part of the Domestic Violence Unit for the Mecklenburg County Women’s Commission.

ACAPS 3rd Cohort, application due date extended to Oct. 1! Don’t miss this opportunity!

Alameda County Accelerated
Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS)

Third cohort begins in October 2018.

Fact Sheet for ACAPS Letterhead

ACAPS Third Cohort APPLICATION

Don’t miss out on the final opportunity to participate in ACAPS, a training and placement program.

The California Association of Mental Health Peer Run Organizations (CAMHPRO) is a non profit statewide consumer run advocacy organization. CAMHPRO’s  mission is to transform communities and the system for all those affected by mental health issues by championing the work of consumer-run organizations. CAMHPRO strives to empower, support, and ensure the rights of consumers, eliminate stigma, and advance self-determination and choice.

CAMHPRO invites applications for Alameda County Accelerated Peer Specialist Program (ACAPS) training and employment placement opportunity.  CAMHPRO is proud to partner with Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients, Bay Area Community Services, Best NOW!, La Familia, Peers Empowerment and Recovery Services, and the Pool of Consumer Champions/ACBHCS in this Project.

Circulate to any mental health consumer/peer who might be interested.

Applications are due soon

October 1, 2018!

THE FACTS

  1. ACAPS is a CAMHPRO 18 month program funded by the Office of Statewide Planning and Development.
  2. The goal of ACAPS is engagement, training and placement in Alameda County’s public mental health system of peer specialists who bring a wide array of lived experience to their
  3. ACAPS is a partnership of CAMHPRO; Pool of Consumer Champions (POCC), Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services (ACBHCS); La Familia;   Best NOW!/Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients;  the Berkeley Drop-In Center and Reaching Across, Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; Peers Envisioning and Engaging Recovery Services (PEERS);and Bay Area Community Services (BACS).
  4. ACAPS will offer a three part training program that includes 1) 60-hour Introductory Peer Specialist Intensive 2) Three-day Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) and 3) a 40-hour advanced skills training in peer support for people experiencing crisis, distress and suicidality. These trainings will be offered to three (3) different cohorts.
  5. ACAPS will place 40 people with lived experience in programs throughout Alameda County. These positions can be volunteer (stipend).
  6. Potential placements include: 15 peers at La Familia programs, including the peer respite; two (2) peers at drop in centers in southern and northern Alameda County run by Alameda County Network of Mental Health Clients; 20 peers at the Pool of Consumer Champions (POOC): and, at a minimum, six (6) peers placed in different programs of Bay Area Community Services (BACS), one being a residential crisis facility.
  7. Services also include career counseling at the time of training and throughout the program, and support once a person is employed.

Fact Sheet for ACAPS Letterhead

ACAPS Third Cohort APPLICATION

Circulate to any mental health consumer/peer who might be interested.

SB 906 Peer Certification, ON Governor’s Desk! Write Letters! Send Emails!

Update SB 906 information. ON Governor’s desk. Officially received on September 12. He has a certain amount of days after he officially receives the bill to veto or approve the it. Only have about 10 days to influence the decision of the Governor. Write letters!

Contact Donna Campbell
Health Aide to the Governor donna.campbell@gov.ca.gov
Fax support for the bill to: 916-558-3177

SB906 Support Letter Sample Template 2.15.18:
This is a sample letter you can recreate and use for your own purposes. Send letters! Email Donna!

SB 906 Peer Certification Update

This is the BEST Validation for
CA Peer Support Specialists!

SB 906 passed out of the Assembly floor with a unanimous vote on Friday August 31.
Last minute amendments to the bill postpone the start dates and remove the unique peer billing option.

See last amendment

Now the bill requires the Governor’s Approval before it becomes law!

Contact Donna Campbell
Health Aide to the Governor donna.campbell@gov.ca.gov
Fax support for the bill to: 916-558-3177

SB906 Support Letter Template 2.15.18  :  This is a sample letter you can recreate and use for your own purposes. Send letters! Email Diane!

Research Confirms Peer Support’s Effectiveness in Promoting Recovery and Helping People Stay Out of the Hospital

“Training and hiring persons in recovery to provide peer support represents a win-win situation for resource-strapped systems,” according to a recent article in Psychiatric Times, whose authors include a number of distinguished researchers, including some who have lived experience. “Patients receive support from trained peers who instill hope, model self-care, and help navigate the health care system.

Peer support providers are gainfully employed in a role that supports their own recovery by allowing them to do personally motivated work. Systems gain a trained, effective workforce that pushes providers beyond the basic outcomes of decreased homelessness, incarceration, and hospitalization to include other outcomes that also matter to patients and their loved ones, i.e., those associated with reclaiming a meaningful life.” Read the full article.

In a related story, “New data, published in The Lancet, highlights the importance of peer support in reducing the risk of readmission to an acute crisis unit.” For “Peer Support Reduces Chances of Psychiatric Readmission,” which includes a link to the full text of the Lancet article at the end.

Another related New York Times story, “Sometimes Patients Simply Need Other Patients,”

Sept. 6: SAMHSA’s Kick-Off for Recovery Month “Join the Voices for Recovery”

Join SAMHSA’s kick-off for Recovery Month on September 6 at 10.a.m. through a livestream event.

Panelists will discuss the benefits that their SAMHSA-funded treatment and recovery programs bring to their community. The kick-off event exemplifies the 2018 Recovery Month theme, “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community,” which explores how integrated care, a strong community, sense of purpose, and leadership contributes to effective treatments that sustain the recovery of persons with mental and substance use disorders. For more information on Recovery Month, or to access materials or find events in your community, visit the Recovery Month website at https://recoverymonth.gov.

FROM SAMHSA EVENT CALENDAR

Event Description: 
For 29 years, SAMHSA has worked to educate Americans about effective, evidence-based treatment and recovery services, highlighting the fact that people can and do recover! Through National Recovery Month (Recovery Month), SAMHSA aims to help bring awareness to mental and substance use disorders; encourage those in need to seek support; and make recovery the standard.
Join us via live stream Thursday, September 6 from 10am-11am, as we officially kick off Recovery Month 2018 – a national observance held every September to celebrate individuals living in recovery and to educate the public on mental and substance use disorders. The event will feature SAMHSA officials and invited guests in a panel discussion to celebrate people living in recovery.
Click here https://www.hhs.gov/live/live-2/index.htm to watch the event. This year’s theme is “Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.” The 2018 Recovery Month toolkit, television and radio public service announcements (PSAs), banners and logos are now available to view and download here. We encourage you to share these materials throughout the month of September, post the Recovery Month banner on your website, and help spread the possibility of recovery!
Type of Event: 
Special Celebrations – Celebrates people in recovery, lauds the contributions of treatment and service
Is this event open to public?: 
Yes
Estimated Number of Attendees: 
500

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Is this a virtual event (taking place online)?: 
No
Is this event in the United States?: 
Yes
200 Independence Ave
Washington DC
U.S. State:
District of Columbia
20201
Website for additional information: 

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Hosting Organization Name:  SAMHSA
Contact Name:  Recovery Month Team
Phone:  2402762617

The ABCs of Advocacy: Pre Recorded Webinars *Watch

“CAMHPRO’s ABC’s of Advocacy” is a series of three webinars on the basics and details of how you can participate in the California community program planning process in a meaningful and effective manner. These three webinars are interactive through polling, questions and answers, and prompt you to take the next steps. These webinars also serve as recommended training prior to CAMHPRO’s local onsite six-hour workshop, “Delivering Your ABC’s of Advocacy” customized to the specific county where it is to be held (scheduled by request).

Webinar A: Advocacy Basics

Tues., July 31, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Recording

What will be covered:
  • What is advocacy, who are stakeholders and why advocate.
  • Consumer roots of the law, the Mental Health Service Act (MHSA) and regulations for Stakeholder involvement in planning mental health services.
  • A bird’s eye view of who the County decision-makers are and how you can participate.
  • Access to basic terms and acronyms used in Behavioral Health and where you can go to find county contacts.

Webinar B: Best Community Planning Practices

Tues., Aug 14, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Recording

What will be covered:
  • Types of County meetings and various stakeholder participation or roles
  • Meeting mechanics, culture and etiquette
  • MHSA stakeholder community planning best principles & practices applied to different stakeholder roles.
  • What to look for in county budgets and plans.
  • More resources to become a meaningful stakeholder

Webinar C: Community Planning; How to Work It

Tues., Aug 28, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Recording

What will be covered:
  • More on applying the MHSA community planning best principles & practices
  • How you compose and give public comment.
  • How you get on decision-making boards/councils.
  • Next steps to being a meaningful stakeholder.