PEER PROVIDERS IN THE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE

NFD Co-Directors Sharon LeGore and Shannon CrossBear attended three SAMHSA nationwide summits on Peer Providers in the Behavioral Health Workforce.  The summits were held in Atlanta Georgia, Portland Oregon  and Baltimore Maryland with expected outcome to achieve the following:

  • Inclusion of diverse stakeholder perspectives in the development of a strategy to advance Peer Core Competencies in Behavioral Health
  • Increased awareness of emerging practices for Peer Workforce development including funding strategies, credentialing options, and support for promoting the employment of advancement of peers.
  • A report that outlines the opportunities , challenges and priorities for expanding and developing the peer provider behavioral health workforce

 

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MOMSTELL and the NFD joined the other  organizations from around the country to attend the Unite to Face Addiction Rally. This historic event took place on the National Mall in Washington D.C. Unite to Face Addictions mission is to bring together the best resources in the field in order to reduce the human and social costs of addiction, every year, until this public health crisis is eliminated. Addiction impacts one in every three households in America. These are not bad people...these are good people to whom bad things happened. Someone dies from alcohol or other drugs every 4 minutes in America. That is like a jumbo jet crashing every day, with no survivors We must end the shame, stigma and community denial that surround addiction and recognize it for the devastating health issue that it is. Addiction is a health problem - not a crime  What is a crime is that 90% of people in need of treatment for addiction don't receive it –this discrimination must end. MOMSTELL joined over 600 diverse organizations from around the country launched  a first-of-its-kind campaign to confront America’s denial about the most urgent health crisis facing our nation today – addiction to alcohol and other drugs. It was incredable to see thousand and thousands of people celebrating recovery. 

Joe Walsh, Steven Tyler with his Nashville-based band Loving Mary, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, The Fray, and John Rzeznick of the Goo Goo Dolls joined the celebration in Washington, D.C. These performers shared our passion for understanding the impact of addiction and the power of recovery, and boy did they put on a show. 

Also joining UNITE to Face Addiction was health expert and television host Dr. Mehmet Oz.  He released a PSA in support of the event. Additional performers, celebrity guests, and special speakers including the Director of ONDCP Michael Botticelli.   Follow Unite to Face Addiction on Facebook and Twitter for the latest announcements. It’s time to end the silence around this crisis and empower the afflicted and affected to take a stand for those who can’t.  Share this exciting news on your own social media platforms!