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WISCONSIN ASSOCIATION OF PEER SPECIALISTS, INC.

A Wisconsin Association of Peer Providers Building Bridges Through Collaborative Communication

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This site has been developed to be a resource, advocacy and continuing education tool for all Peer Providers, in Wisconsin and Nationwide, to assist them in their pursuit of the development, education, practice  and sustainability of  the profession of Peer Specialists.  It is our sincere hope that all persons involved in the Recovery process utilize this resource.  This includes those receiving mental health and/or substance abuse services, community organizations who wish to become involved in the process, peer supports, Recovery Coaches, Family Advocates, other specialty Peer Providers and providers of services.  We welcome any comments and suggestions which might improve the effectiveness of this site through the "Contact Us" page on this website.



OUR HUMBLE BEGINNINGS...The Wisconsin Association of Peer Specialist met for the first time on July 25-26, 2009.  At that time,  26 Peer Specialists from geographically diverse areas of the state of Wisconsin joined to create the mission, vision and value statements of what was then referred to as the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Association Initiative and renamed the group to its current name, The Wisconsin Association of Peer Specialists.  An advisory Board of Directors was chosen at that time.  The meeting and start up funds were provided by a Medicaid Infrastructure CARS  provided  by the State of Wisconsin.  Grassroots Empowerment Project, Inc., a consumer run advocacy group in the state of Wisconsin was chosen by MIG as the fiscal agent for the Association until July 31, 2010.   The Association became incorporated in January 2010.  Funding ended under the MIG initiative on September 31, 2010.    We had our first statewide Association meeting in November 2010 and were granted a 501(c)6 non-profit, tax exempt status by the IRS effective February 2010.  Due to the integration of mental health and substance use disorder services, and the inclusion of Peer Specialists in various venues of community services and other areas within health services, the Board of Directors voted to in December 2012, to add the following tag to the Association name, "A Wisconsin Association of Peer Providers".  .

 

 

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THE ASSOCIATION HAS ADOPTED A VIDEO, PRODUCED BY HUMANITY HEALING.  IT PORTRAYS THE ESSENCE OF WHAT PURE PEER SUPPORT IS AND HOW IT HEALS THE MIND, BODY AND SOUL.
 














 
 
 
 

HOW TO USE THIS SITE

 

We hope that the design of this site is simple and easy to navigate for all users.

 

On this site, you will find a navigation bar on the left side of the page.  Clicking on any one of the headings will bring you to the topic that you see listed in the header box.


2015 Pre-Retreat Seminar - This one day Serminar which immediately preceeds the Spring Educaational Retreat will focus on Non-Violent Communication. More information will be p0sted closer to the date  Please check back.

 

2015 Spring Continuing Education Retreat - Information about a 3 day educational opportunity for Peer Specialists, Recovery Coaches and other peer supports will be located on this page. The dates of this year's Retreat will be the first full weekend in June 2015l, Friday evening through Sunday 5:00 p.m.   Information and registration forms will be available through this page closer to event dates..


About Us - In this area you will explore what our vision, mission and values are as an organization.

 

Contact Us - This area lists our address, telephone number and email address.  It

 

Site Map - This area has a direct link to each web page on this site.

 

Newsletter: Bridges to Recovery - This area contains the most current newsletter published by the Association.  This newsletter contains articles of interested to those persons who are providing Peer Specialist services and the people they serve.

 

Calendar of Events - A calendar of training and recovery events around the state and nation.  Submissions are accepted from all sources.  Please use the Contact Us link want to have an event listed.

 

Meet the Board - Get to know our Board of Directors and Staff.  This area contains biographical information on our key players here at the Association.

 

FAQs - This area contains answers to questions persons in Recovery, Peer Specialists and their employers often ask.

 

Resources - This area contains direct links to resources that may be helpful to Certified Peer Specialists,  those in Recovery and those persons/providers helping them along the recovery journey.

 

Certification - Latest Certification dates, registration deadline dates and links to the UW-Milwaukee Certification Exam Information Website 

  

Employment Opportunities - Employment/Volunteer Opportunities for Peer Specialists and Peer Supports reported to the Association for distribution

 

Mental Health Recovery - Under Construction

 

Dual Recovery - Under Construction  Information and resources for persons in Mental Health and Substance Use  recovery. 

 

On-Line Continuing Education Opportunities - A listing of current and archived educational opportunities for peer run organizations, peer supports and Peer Specialists.  Many qualify for required continuing education hours tied to Certification

 

Video Archives - Under Construction

 

WI Code of Conduct -  Code of Conduct for Certified Peer Specialists practicing in Wisconsin.  These were orginally developed under a Medicaid Infrastructure Grant (MIG) by the Peer Specialist Committee of the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force,

 

WI Core Competencies - Core Competencies needed by Certified Peer Specialists practicing in Wisconsin.  Also, the original document showed which competencies each approved training in Wisconsin covers.  The original core competencies were developed under MIG by the Peer Specialist Committee of the WIsconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force.

 

Domains and Objectives - 8 Domains and Objectives to be practiced by Certified Peer Specialists practicing in Wisconsin.  Developed under MIG by the Peer Specialist Committee of the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force.

 

General WIsconsin Adult Mental Health Certified Peer Specialist Position Description - A general job description for Peer Specialists used in Wisconsin. The original job description was developed under MIG by the Peer Specialist Committee of the Wisconsin Recovery Implementation Task Force.

 

Cert. Study Guide - A link is provided to a complete printable copy of this study guide.  There is also a link to a LARGE PRINT edition of the guide on this page.  This guide was developed by Certified Peer Specialists working in various venues and an educator who develops curricula.   In the hope that it will aid people in obtaining a passing grade on the certification exam.  The original study guide was developed under Medicaid Infrastructure Grant Funding.  The guide was expanded and continues to be updated by the Association since the Spring 2011, in order to facilitate better outcomes on the certification exams.  Dates and registration materials of Association sponsored Study Groups will also be announced on this page as well as our discussion forum.  

 

Membership - Information on membership requirements and fees, application form, benefits, etc for joining the Wisconsin Association of Peer Specialists, Inc.