Peer Specialist Tools

Welcome to the Peer Portal!

Your peer support home on the web.

***What is Peer Support?

Peer support is an Evidence Based practice providing a system of giving and receiving help founded on key principles of respect, shared responsibility, and mutual agreement of what is helpful. Peer support is not based on psychiatric models and diagnostic criteria.

***What is a Peer Support Specialist?

A Certified Peer Support Specialist is a person with lived experience that helps to support individuals with struggles pertaining to mental health, psychological trauma or substance use. Poetry for Personal Power accepts State Certifications, WRAP, CCAR Peer Recovery Coach Training, eCPR, and Healing Voices as examples of peer specialist certification process. You can also contact us to get trained through our organization.

***How to become a peer support provider

  1. Work within one of our funded geographic areas (Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado) or find your own clients in your own area via cash pay.
  2. Complete an artist/advocate application form: http://poetryforpersonalpower.com/payment-request/artistadvocate-application/
  3. Work with your regional coordinator for your region to complete your intake process. This includes an intake survey, online trainings, and an intake interview.
  4. Complete one of our approved peer specialist trainings and send us your certificate of training. The list of currently approved trainings are state certified peer specialist trainings, WRAP, peer recovery coach trainings, Hearing Voices Network training, eCPR training, or Intentional Peer Support.
  5. Complete 4 hours of internal agency training related to peer support. Fill out this survey to assess your readiness to deliver peer support: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/P3Orientation
  6.  Start looking for clients. If you are in a funded region, the foundation can pay for your clients, otherwise all your clients have to be cash pay. Each client needs to complete 3 forms: an intake form for personal info, an interaction form, and an outcome form (how well they are doing, including the baseline before they start).  The second two forms are repeated each month.
    a – the Intake form is filled out ONCE here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PeerSupportIntake
    b – The outcome form is filled out MONTHLY here: Get your “clients/peers” to fill out an outcome form to measure a baseline: http://poetryforpersonalpower.com/peerportal/peerinteractionform/   
    c – The interaction form is filled our MONTHLY here: Fill out the client/peer interaction form: http://poetryforpersonalpower.com/peerportal/peerinteractionform/
  7. Stay up to date with monthly peer specialist meetings, by watching email for opportunities, and by following our sponsored artist / advocate Facebook page.

***What are the Benefits?

• Easy access, affordable, creative, safe (Financial Assistance available for qualifying peers.)
• Non-clinical – no association with mental health system further reduces stigma
• Real help from a person that has lived experience
• Resources, information, encouragement.
Support for peer specialists to build their own business.

***What is Recovery?

A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential.

***What is P3?

P3 is Poetry for Personal Power.  Poetry for Personal Power does healthcare sector advocacy, innovation, and messaging. We are now in our the 9th year of asking people across the nation, “What helps you through adversity?”   Our program has reached over 12000 young people, with over 400 videos on our You-Tube channel.  With the help of a grant from the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City we recently launched a Peer Support Pilot Program to train peers and provide services to people in MO.  A year into this pilot and we have created our own training and orientation, educated multiple orgs on peer support, facilitated the training of multiple peers, worked in 2 facilities, and secured a contract with Johnson county mental health.  We have also been awarded both the SAMHSA Statewide Recovery and Consumer Network Grants for the State of Kansas and received a PCORI grant.
We embrace entrepreneurship and the programs of the people that we work with.  That means that if you have a program, workshop, etc that you run or would like to run on a broader basis, would like to apply to grants for etc, we can help!  We love partnering with other organizations and making friends! This works especially if you are already in touch with part of our target audience, youth and young adults 18-25 (with some wiggle room – we HATE denying services).