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11/18/13-11/22/13: Akron VA only (full)
12/2/13-12/6/13: Franklin County only (full)
12/9/13-12/13/13: Wooster (full)
1/6/14-1/10/14: Zanesville (full)
More trainings will be announced soon!
Code of Ethics
We are excited to have merged programs with Peer Recovery Coaching for addiction to offer you the best possible training. We believe that this model will best prepare skillful, ethical, well-rounded Peer Supporters for mental health and/or addiction recovery. Click here to view our new Code of Ethics, and click here to visit the Ohio Citizen Advocates website.
Now that we are are using a new curriculum model with a fresh perspective, we felt that it was time for a change! We will now be mirroring other certification and credentialing boards by not requiring you to fill out copious amounts of paperwork. Here is the new system, effective immediately:
* Complete your CEUs before your certificate expires.
* You must keep track of your hours and certificates of attendance.
* 30 days before your certificate expires, you will fill out a re-certification form (which we will post soon) and mail/fax/email that along with copies of your CEU verifications. Do not send these in ahead of time.
* At this time, we will mail you a new certificate, good for another 2 years.
* If you were certified before July 1, 2013 - your requirements of 20 hours of continuing education will stay the same until you renew.
* Upon renewal, and for all peers certified from July 1, 2013 onward, 30 hours will be required every 2 years.
* We are no longer requiring practicum hours.
Upcoming CEU Opportunities
Case Western Reserve University
Free online web courses via eBased Academy - click here
Educational Training at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic (Dublin, OH) - click here
Magellan Health's Resiliency and Recovery Webinars - click here
Free OSU Web Course: "Creating Opportunities for Healthy Communities" - click here
A Certified Peer Supporter (aka CPS) is an individual who has lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and has also completed formal training in the integrated mental health peer specialist and addiction recovery coaching model through Ohio Empowerment Coalition and Ohio Citizen Advocates Chemical Dependency Treatment and Prevention. These individuals use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers with similar experience.
Peer Supporters actively work within an organization's collaborative support structure as a defined part of the recovery team. Specifically, part of the CPSs job description is to utilize the lived experience as a tool to help others move forward on their recovery journey.
1.) Fill out and submit an application.
2.) After a training is scheduled in your area (which will be announced on our website) we will contact you regarding your admission status.
3.) Take the Ohio Certified Peer Supporter Training
* Our new curriculum was completed
in March, 2013, so in the future
we will be using a slightly different
* The training costs vary depending on
multiple regional factors. Thus
far, the trainings have ranged
4.) Take the Ohio Certified Peer Supporter Examination and receive a score of 70% or higher.
Where can I find a Certified Peer Supporter?
CPSs can be found working in environments such as:
The state has announced that, hopefully, by the end of Fiscal Year 2014, Certified Peer Support Services are slated to become Medicaid billable. Subsequently, it will become much easier and more feasible to introduce peer support as a part of the spectrum of coordinated care services.
The OEC realizes this a new development for prospective employers in Ohio. Because of this the Ohio Empowerment Coalition has developed a number of educational and informative materials to help professionals better understand the value and benefit to adding Peer Specialists to their staff. Please contact us regarding our training and presentation options.
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