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“Certified Peer Specialist Training Opportunity for Veterans or Active Military”

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Date: January 22 and 23, 2014
Harrisburg DGS Annex Complex
Application must be postmarked or faxed by December 6

Follow the link at the top for more details about how and where to apply.


“‘Peers’ may ease mental health worker shortage under Obamacare”

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This September 11, 2013 article on the USA Today website talks about how Peers may help shore up the gap between the number of available mental health workers and the increase in demand for services. Peers a folks who have lived experience with mental illness, some are trained to help mentally ill inmates also.


“The Loss of a Mental Health Activist”

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This blog post found on the PA Liv Safe Forum blog dated May 23, 2012 talks about the questions that have been raised about the death of Glenn Koons, and at the same time sheds light in to who he was as a mental health advocate who received awards for his work.

Thank you to the blogger who wrote the post about Glenn Koons’ life

“Green Pills, Red Pills, Pink Pills and Even a Baby Blue Pill”

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This video found posted on YouTube by Recoverytidbits is a nice intro to peer specialists.

“Tiny beauty shop offers clients new look and new outlook”

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This article found on NewsWorks, dated April 18, 2012, talks about a very small beauty shop that works to help folks with mental illnesses, or intellectual disabilities to improve how they look and even how they feel about how they look.  the shop is owned by someone who is a peer specialist who also has training in hair and hygiene.

“Recovery Edge billboards around Pottsville to come down this week”


Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Schuylkill County

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This article dated February 2, 2012 and found on the republicanHerald.com website talks about billboards that had been at locations around Pottsville, PA, and had pointed to recovery as a path that peer specialists can help others along.

“Peers guided toward better mental health”

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This article appearing in the Centre Daily Times on December 17, 2011, talks about the role of Peer Support Specialists also sometimes called Peer Specialists.  I feel it gives a good overview of what a Peer Specialist does and how their role benefits others they come in contact with.

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