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May 10: Youth Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-Y) Training Applications Due

The Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Office of Children, Young Adults & Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, are accepting applications for the Youth CPS-Y training scheduled for the week of June 10th-14th, 2019.

DBHDD is seeking candidates who meet the “lived experience” criteria below who desire to work in the capacity of a Certified Peer Specialist – Youth and who intend to provide 20-40 hours per week of direct youth/young adult peer support.

Youth Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-Y) – Is an individual who is a young adult, ages 18 through age 26, with lived experience living with a mental health or substance use condition or both and who has received behavioral health services as a youth, and is willing and able to self-identify as a person living with a behavioral health condition and is prepared to use that experience in helping other youth and young adults living with similar behavioral health conditions.

The Youth CPS-Y offers emotional support, shares knowledge, and works with individuals to identify meaningful connections and tools that contribute to wellness/resiliency/recovery.

Enrollees must meet the lived experience expectations below:
· Be 18-26 years of age (valid Georgia ID); and
· Have a mental health (MH) condition, substance use disorder (SUD), or a co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental illness or substance use diagnosis; and
· Be able/willing to actively seek and manage your own appropriate care; and
· Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way; and
· Must be well grounded in recovery wellness; and
· One year between diagnosis and application to training; and/or
· If the individual has a substance use condition, there must be one year continuous abstinent from substance use; and
· Have a high school diploma or GED; provide a copy of these documents; and
· Provide (2) letters of reference (please include contact information).

This five-day training event has been scheduled for the week of June 10th -14th, 2019.

Priority will be given to those who are currently providing youth peer support services and need this credential to maintain employment within the system.

Applications along with documentation must be submitted by Friday, May 10th, 2019.

Applicants will be interviewed May 13th – 16th.

For application, please contact:
Dana McCrary
Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator
Office Children Young Adults & Families
Office of Recovery Transformation
2 Peachtree Street, Suite 23-274
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
404-232-1427 office
Email: Cpsparent.youth@dbhdd.ga.gov 

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