Dear RCO/RCOC/YCH Partner,
We have some exciting news to share!
FOR-NY has received a grant from Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS) to administer scholarships for training to individuals interested in becoming Certified Recovery Peer Advocates (CRPAs)!
Certified Peer Professionals are a much needed piece of the continuum of care for people with Substance Use Disorders. These potential hope dealers live in your community! Will you help us to identify and support them in the beginning of their new journey?
We have developed a comprehensive training and support mechanism for those individuals, and we’d like to partner with you to get the job done right.
Here is what you can do:
- Distribute information to those you think would be a good candidate to follow through on the training and certification process.
- Write letters of recommendation for individuals you believe are ready to become certified.
- If applicable, host an approved trainer at your site to give the initial 46 hours of training (RCA + Ethics) and additional training as needed (Peer Professionalism, Spirituality, ER Coaches, Youth, etc.).
- Host a (minimum) monthly learning collaborative for peer professionals (to be facilitated by the trainer).
- If appropriate in your setting, take on a volunteer CRPA-P for the 500 hours necessary to get certified.(They will need to provide direct coaching services.)
- If able, provide the 25 hours of supervision necessary for certification.
If you are willing and able to take on any of the above, please contact the director of education and training, Theresa Knorr, at FOR-NY.
Guidelines and scholarship applications will be made available on January 10th with the launch of our redesigned website.
Thank you for all you do!!!!
In strength and hope,