What is Peers in Recovery Mentorship Program?

This program was created to increase and enhance the individual's access to training platforms, coaching and on the job experience needed to become a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) through the Florida Certification Board. The CRPS credential is for people who use their lived experience and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain recovery and wellness from mental health and/or substance use conditions. The CRPS credential designates competency in the domains of Recovery Support, Advocacy, Mentoring and Professional Responsibilities. CRPS credentials also include endorsements to demonstrate the certified professional’s lived experience. This program supports the learning pathway for each of the four endorsements: 

Adult (A): Lived experience as an adult in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.
Family (F): Lived experience as a family member or caregiver to another person who is living with a mental health and/or substance use condition.
Veteran (V): Lived experience as a veteran of any branch of the armed forces who is in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.
Youth (Y): Are between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time of application and have lived experience as a person who, between the ages of 14 and 25 experienced a significant life challenge and is now living a wellness and/or recovery oriented lifestyle for at least two years.


Individuals in recovery, known as Peers, will be able to establish connection, offer encouragement, empower, and inspire hope to individuals in treatment as "experts in recovery" with the enhanced knowledge and skill set offered through the ongoing coaching and training of this program.

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* 1. Contact Information

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* 2. Please indicate your desired endorsement (Check all that apply)

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* 3. In order to capture our applicant culture, please check any of the below boxes that you identify with:

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* 4. Please share a short bio outlining your lived experience and why you want to become Certified as a Recovery Peer Specialist?

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* 5. What makes you a good candidate to work with peers?

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* 6. What does recovery mean to you? How long have you been in recovery? What were/are the important factors in your own recovery?

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* 7. What types of experiences have you had in assisting, or advocating for, people receiving mental health services (for example, mentoring, listening, facilitating groups, leading mental health education program, etc.)? Please be specific

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* 8. Applicants must understand the key concepts of the program and attest to the following agreements.  Please read and review and check each box: I attest to

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* 9. Statute requires all Certified Peers to pass a Level 2 Background Screening.  If you have a blemish on your record, we can help you to move through the exemption process with DCF. However, a time frame must have passed and some charges, such as sex related charges,  are not eligible for an exemption process.    Please share below: 

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* 10. To become certified, you do need to have at least a High School diploma.  Please choose your highest education obtained.

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* 11. Person to notify in Case of Emergency:

Thank you for your interest in the  Peers in Recovery Mentorship Program.
My name is Jo Dee Nicosia and I am the Director of Programs for NAMI Pinellas. I wanted to acknowledge that when you click done, your application for the Peers in Recovery Mentorship Program (PIRMP) will be received. 

Thank you for taking the time to invest in yourself and pursue a certification that allows you to share your story and experiences as a vessel to provide hope to others who are seeking the recovery path you have found. NAMI looks forward to walking this pathway together.  

Please create a profile on  https://namipinellas.volunteerhub.com/ and you can see opportunities to schedule an appointment with me to discuss your application.  Once we are able to meet up in person or zoom, to ensure you are a good fit, I can update your profile in the volunteer HUB and invite you to the next orientation and ongoing group supervision for the PIRMP user group.  

I also encourage you to review NAMI programs on the HUB and become familiar with the supports offered.  Becoming a facilitator of these groups are one of the ways you can earn your required “On the Job” (OTJ) training hours towards your certification. You need to be a participant and a member of NAMI before you are allowed to lead them, so please begin accessing these valuable peer led supports.  

Jo Dee Nicosia, Director of Programs at NAMI Pinellas County Florida, Inc.

O:  727.826.0807 | C:  813.841-2115 | Help Line:  727-791-3434

www.nami-pinellas.org 

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Please click the "Done" button below to submit your application.  Your application for registration is complete!

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* 12. How did you find out about NAMI  Peers in Recovery Program?

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