DHS Youth Empowerment Series for High School Students – Deadline April 13

DHS Youth Empowerment Series for High School Students – Deadline April 13

From: Deshane.Velasquez, Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS)

The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Youth Empowerment Series (YES) is accepting applicants for the 2018-19 school year, and we would love to have high school students from your community be a part of our program!

YES offers students an opportunity to participate in several workshops centered on youth development and engagement, such as goal setting, public speaking, resume building and community service activities. The core values underlying the program seek to provide youth with a blueprint to implement change in their community. Students in the program will provide their input and insight on current issues, build workforce skills and develop as leaders. Through career panels, networking and participation, students in the program will also gain exposure to policy and understand how DHS serves Georgians.

 

During the sessions, we will introduce the services offered by DHS. Students will hear from representatives that work in our divisions of Aging Services, Child Support Services and Family and Children Services. Then, students will be given a chance to provide their input and insight on these services. For more information, the program details can be found at dhs.georgia.gov/youth-empowerment-series-yes.

 

The application for participation can be found at dhs.georgia.gov/apply-yes. The deadline to apply is April 13th.

Please note: Accepted students must commit to attending four Saturday sessions in their region of the state throughout the 2018-19 school year. Transportation is required.

 

For any questions, please feel free to contact Deshane.Velasquez@dhs.ga.gov or 404-463-0745.

CARES 28 Workshops Announced

From Georgia Council on Substance Abuse:

What is CARES?

CERTIFIED ADDICTION RECOVERY EMPOWERMENT SPECIALIST (CARES) VISION We envision a recovery-oriented system of care that supports self-directed pathways to recovery by building on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities. MISSION The mission of Georgia CARES is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders by providing experienced peer support and advocating for self-directed care. WHAT The Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES) is a training program parallel to the mental health certified peer specialist program and began in September, 2010, through a contract with the Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD). This training program is part of an ongoing effort to create a recovery-oriented system of care where peer-based recovery support is used as a fundamental part of community-based services that enhance the treatment and recovery experience. This is a 40-hour (one-week) training course, that is followed by continuing support of CARES Faculty, trained peers & supervisors. WHO People in recovery who are interested in becoming a CARES must apply through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse and be approved by the CARES Selection Subcommittee.

CARES Academy Workshops

The cornerstone of a recovery-oriented system of care is (ROSC) is a vibrant, well-trained peer workforce. The CARES/ROSC Workshop introduces concepts of peer recovery support to members of the recovery community, and provides them with assistance in preparing for the written and interview portions of the CARES Academy application process.

February Workshops*:

  • February 2, Decatur
  • February 8, Morrow
  • February 10, Lawrenceville
  • February 15, Atlanta
  • February 17, Gainesville

Register here for a CARES Academy Workshop

*Time and location information is on the registration page.

CARES Academy 28 April 16-20, 2018

March 5th – Applications due to the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse through our online application system.

For more information about CARES, please visit the GCSA website HERE

 

 

Parent CPS-P Announcement – March 2018

From: Dana McCary, Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator, DBHDD

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Office of Children, Young Adults & Families (OCYF) and the Office of Recovery Transformation (ORT), in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming Parent Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-P) training.

This five-day event is scheduled for the week of March 19th – March 23rd, 2018. This training is intended for enrollees who meet lived experience expectations. The application, along with eligibility requirements, are available for download below.

Applications, along with documentation, must be submitted by February 30th, 2018

Parent CPS-P Announcement December 2017

From Dana McCrary, Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator, DBHDD:

Registration is now open for the upcoming Parent Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-P) training. This five-day event is scheduled for the week of December 11th – December 15th, 2017. This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations. Please find the application along with eligibility requirements outlined in the announcement below.

Applications along with documentation must be submitted by November 30th, 2017.

Youth CPS-Y Announcement – January 2018

From Dana McCrary, Parent & Youth Peer Specialist Coordinator, DBHDD:

The Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD), Office of Children, Young Adults & Families and the Office of Recovery Transformation (ORT) is pleased to announce that registration is now open for the upcoming Youth Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-Y) training. This five-day event is scheduled for the week of January 22nd- January 26th . This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below.

  • Be 18-26 years of age; provide a copy of this document or valid Georgia ID;
  • Have a mental health (MH) , 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 (current or former person receiving behavioral health services);
  • Be able to advocate for themselves;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED; provide a copy of these documents;
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way.
  • Must be well grounded in recovery wellness (At least one year between diagnosis and application to training) and/or one year continuous abstinent from substance use
  • Provide (1) letter of reference (please include contact information)

The Application below, along with documentation must be submitted by
Friday, January 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will be interviewed January 10th and January 11th

Certified Peer Specialist – Youth Certification Training, April 17-21, 2017

Are you a young adult living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use your experiences to help youth who are going through difficult times get the support they need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for young people like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Youth (CPS-Y) and use their lived experience to support youth through out Georgia. This five-day event is scheduled for April 17-21, 2017.

This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below:

  • Must be 18-26 years of age;
  • Living with a mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD), or co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental health condition or substance use diagnosis (current or former person receiving behavioral health services);
  • Be able to advocate for themselves;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way.
The Application, along with documentation, must be submitted by Friday, April 7, 2017 at 5:00 pm.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

Applicants will be interviewed April 10 – April 11

 

Webinar: Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults

Multisystemic Therapy for Emerging Adults: Treating Young Adults Who Have Justice Involvement and Behavioral Health Conditions

Wed, Mar 22, 2017 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Pathways RTX invites you to participate in this webinar to learn how this ground-breaking approach is helping young people recover and live productive lives, while reducing their involvement with the Juvenile Justice system.

Click here to learn more about this webinar or to register.

Certified Peer Specialist – Parent Certification Training, March 27-31, 2017

Do you have personal experience as a parent or legal guardian of a child with behavioral health needs? Would you like to learn how you can use your experience to help other families on their journey to recovery and wellness?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for parents and caregivers like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Parents (CPS-P) and use their lived experience to support families through out Georgia. The class is scheduled for March 27-31, 2017. More information about how you can apply to become a CPS-P is listed below:

Applications are being accepted from parent or guardian enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations below and also must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be the parent or legal guardian of a child living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occurring diagnosis; and one of the following:
  2. Currently employed doing Peer Parent Support ; or
  3. Currently employed in the public sector Behavioral Health system as a paraprofessional and have the desire to distinguish themselves as a Parent CPS-P; or
  4. Have related experience serving youth and families through participation in community volunteering, support groups, family organizations and/or advocacy.
Space is limited, so don’t miss out!
Applications and required documentation are due by March 10, 2017.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

 

Certified Peer Specialist – Youth Certification Training, Feb 6-10, 2017

Are you a young adult living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use your experiences to help youth who are going through difficult times get the support they need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for young people like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Youth (CPS-Y) and use their lived experience to support youth through out Georgia. This five-day event is scheduled for February 6-10, 2017.

This training is intended for enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations outlined below:

  • Must be 18-26 years of age;
  • Living with a mental health (MH), substance use disorder (SUD), or co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental health condition or substance use diagnosis (current or former person receiving behavioral health services);
  • Be able to advocate for themselves;
  • Have a high school diploma or GED;
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage their own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way.
The Application, along with documentation, must be submitted by Friday, January 20, 2017.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.

Applicants will be interviewed January 23 – January 26

 

Certified Peer Specialist – Parent Certification Training, Feb 20-24, 2017

Do you have personal experience as a parent or legal guardian of a child living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occuring diagnosis? Do you wish you could use that experience to help other families navigate through the education, legal, and behavioral health system barriers that often prevent them from getting the help they truly need?

The Office of Children, Young Adults and Families, and the Office of Recovery Transformation, in partnership with the Office of Federal Grant Programs and Special Initiatives is looking for parents and caregivers like you to become Certified Peer Specialist – Parents (CPS-P) and use their lived experience to support families through out Georgia. The class is scheduled for February 20-24, 2017. More information about how you can apply to become a CPS-P is listed below:

Applications are being accepted from parent or guardian enrollees who meet the lived experience expectations below and also must meet the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must  be the parent or legal guardian of a child living with a mental illness, substance use and/or co-occurring diagnosis; and one of the following:
  2. Currently employed doing Peer Parent Support ; or
  3. Currently employed in the public sector Behavioral Health system as a paraprofessional and have the desire to distinguish themselves as a Parent CPS-P; or
  4. Have related experience serving youth and families through participation in community volunteering, support groups, family organizations and/or advocacy.
Space is limited, so don’t miss out!
Applications and required documentation are due by February 2, 2017.

Click here to learn more and start your application today.