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Special National TA and Networking Teleconference on April 20 Will Feature a Presentation on Career Development for CPS

A presentation on career development for certified peer specialists followed by a discussion will be the focus of the next monthly national technical assistance and networking teleconference of the National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse. The call will be on Monday, April 20, 2015, at 1 p.m. ET, noon CT, 11 a.m. MT, 10 a.m. PT, 7 a.m. in Hawaii. The call-in number is 866-906-0123; the pass code is 5037195#.

Thousands of trained and certified behavioral health peer workers are now employed across the country in most states with Medicaid reimbursement.  Efforts are also underway to develop national peer worker standards. As this new peer workforce grows, it’s essential to identify and create peer career development and promotion opportunities so that certified peer workers earn salaries consistent with their skills and are able to move ahead in their careers. Accomplishing this will require numerous strategies, including enabling certified peer workers to obtain academic credit and educational credentials.

During our April 20th call, Jessica Wolf, founder of the Facebook Group “Education Pays! Peer Career Development,” will facilitate a discussion on individual and systemic peer career development strategies. We hope you will join us!

Jessica Wolf, Ph.D., is principal of Decision Solutions, a behavioral health workforce consulting practice emphasizing peer education, training, and employment. She is also an assistant clinical professor in the Yale University School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry. Her extensive administrative and educational experience includes 16 years as coordinator of the Housatonic Community College MERGE Mental Health Certificate Program. She has personal and family experience of mental health conditions.

Join us on April 20th at 1 p.m. ET! Again, the call-in number is 866-906-0123. The passcode is 5037195.


Alternatives 2015 Seeks Volunteers!

Peerlink National Technical Assistance Center is seeking volunteers for the Alternatives 2015 Planning Committees. For more information and to apply for one or more of the committees, click here.


New Grant Opportunities from SAMHSA!

Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH (Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health) State/Tribal Expansion

Application Due Date: Monday, March 30, 2015

Anticipated Award Amount: Up to $680,000

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Mental Health Services, is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Cooperative Agreements for Project LAUNCH State/Tribal Expansion. The purpose of this program is to expand the implementation of Project LAUNCH systems improvement and wellness promotion/ prevention services into new communities within states and tribes that have completed a Project LAUNCH five-year grant. The goals of this expansion grant are to...

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SAMHSA Grant Opportunity: Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success State and Tribal Initiative

New Grant Opportunities

12/15/2014 04:11 PM EST

Application Due Date: Monday, March 16, 2015

Anticipated Award Amount: From $318,543 to $2,472,608 per year

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP), is accepting applications for fiscal year (FY) 2015 Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success cooperative agreements (SPF-PFS 2015). The SPF-PFS program is designed to address two of the nation’s top substance abuse prevention priorities: 1) underage drinking among persons aged 12 to 20; and 2) prescription drug misuse and abuse among persons aged 12 to 25.

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Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Funding Opportunity

The Center for Social Innovation

Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS) Funding Opportunity

2015 Peer Health Reform Education Efforts

"In September 2011, the Center for Social Innovation (C4) was contracted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to operate the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center Strategy (BRSS TACS), which promotes widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people with substance use disorders, mental health conditions, and/or co-occurring disorders.
To support BRSS TACS’s efforts to bring recovery-oriented policies, practices, and infrastructure developments to scale within the context of health reform, C4 is requesting capabilities statements from Peer-Run Organizations/Recovery Community Organizations (PRO/RCOs) to carry out health reform education efforts specific to PRO/RCOs and individuals with addiction and mental health needs."