PEER TO PEER SUPPORT
What is Peer Support?
What is a Certified Peer Specialist?
A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is an individual with lived mental health experience who has been trained and certified in the state of Pennsylvania on how to assist others in recovery and wellness. A certified peer specialist performs a wide variety of tasks to assist individuals to regain control over their lives and their own recovery and wellness process.
What Services do Certified Peer Specialist Provide?
What is a Certified Recovery Specialist?
A Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) is an individual with personal, lived experience of their own recovery. By offering insight into the recovery process, Recovery Specialists are able to share a unique perspective with those with similar life experiences. Recovery Specialists accept and agree that their experience as a person in recovery from a substance use disorder will be known by their colleagues, individuals served, and others with whom they may share that they have achieved this credential.
The Recovery Specialist is a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator. Recovery Specialists advocate for the individual, the recovery system, recovery-oriented services and assist to identify and reduce stigma. They advocate to eliminate barriers, increase natural supports and build community. Services provided by the Recovery Specialist substantially improve an individual’s and family’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness.
What is a Certified Family Recovery Specialist?
A Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) is an individual who is an adult family member or loved one who has experienced their own recovery after being impacted by a loved one’s substance use disorder. The Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS) credential is for adults who have been directly impacted by another person's substance abuse disorder. THe CFRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. CFRS's are trained to help families move into and through the recovery process. As a CFRS, an individual accepts and agrees that his/her experience will be known by their colleagues, persons served, and others with whom he/she may share that they habe achieved this credential. Additionally, a CFRS will follow the Code of Ethical Conduct.
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Peer Support Groups in PA