Who is the target audience of your programs and services? 

 Philadelphia DBHIDS/Institute March 2016 CPS Training

The Institute's programs and services are currently marketed to systems, agencies, and organizations and individuals. Individuals as well as agencies are welcome and encouraged to contact the Institute to learn about our programs or services.  Courses are offered throughout the State and we are happy to bring training opportunities to your area.

Recipients of behavioral health services have a right to request and receive recovery and community integration services from county systems. We encourage consumers to be active self-advocates and to contact their local behavioral health system, behavioral health agencies, social service agencies and peer and/or peer-supporter organizations if there is a course that you would like to have in your community.

I'm interested in becoming a CPS. Where can I find a Training?

If you live in Philadelphia County, PA and are interested in taking the Certified Peer Specialist training, please contact: 
E-mail:  DBHIDS.PeerCulture@phila.gov

If you live in Montgomery County, PA and are interested in taking the Certified Peer Specialist training please contact: 
Maureen Feeny-Byrnes, CPS
E-mail: MFeenyby@montcopa.org

If you live in Delaware County, PA and are interested in taking the Certified Peer Specialist training please contact:
James Klasen, CPS
E-mail: jklasen@mhphope.org

If you live in Chester County, PA and are interested in taking the Certified Peer Specialist training please contact: Josh Warfield, MH Clinical Services Coordinator
E-mail: jwarfield@chesco.org

If you live in Bucks County, PA and are interested in taking the Certified Peer Specialist training please contact:
Anthony J. Pacifico, Coordinator of Rehabilitation Services
E-mail: ajpacifico@buckscounty.org

I Need a Replacement Certificate. How do I get one? 

If you need a replacement certificate, please fill out a certificate replacement request here. There is a small fee for replacement certificates.

I would like to host a training? What do I do? 

If you are interested in scheduling a continuing education or other training or want more information about Institute courses,  please contact:

Sendy Alcidonis, Director of Training
Email: salcidonis@mhphope.org

Bob Turri, Business Manager
E-mail: rturri@mhphope.org

What are the requirements for agencies providing peer support services (PSS)?

PSS agencies shall develop a written staff training plan that ensures that each CPS receives ongoing individualized training appropriate to their identified strengths and needs and the other requirements identified in this section. The training plan shall include a description of the opportunities for certified peer support specialists to network with other certified peer support specialists both within and outside the PSS agency.

PSS agencies shall provide opportunities for CPSs to meet with or otherwise receive support from other CPSs both within and outside the agency. Staff training plans shall identify learning objectives specific to providing services to the population being served that ensure that certified peer specialists and their supervisors are sufficiently skilled to provide services in a developmentally appropriate and culturally competent manner and that staff attain and maintain the peer support certification required.

Peer specialist supervisors shall complete a peer specialist supervisory training course approved by the Department within six months of assuming the position of peer specialist supervisor.  

Peer specialist supervisors may not provide PSS unless they are certified peer specialists and comply with the continuing education training requirements in (7).

CPSs shall complete the Department-approved core certification training curriculum prior to providing PSS. 

CPSs shall complete a minimum of 18 hours of continuing education training per calendar year beginning with the first calendar year after the year in which the CPS obtains certification. The 18 hours of training shall include 12 training hours that are specifically focused on peer support or recovery practices, or both. 

Documentation of completion of required trainings shall keep kept in each staff’s personnel file.