Supporting Equity and Justice in the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative

Access to Independence staff working on the Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative and EOTO, CPS have begun working together to implement supports within the Initiative that serve to advance equity and justice.

The Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative places a great deal of importance on addressing historic disparities related to this Initiative. We seek to support greater access to training, employment, and educational opportunities for current and aspiring Certified Peer Specialists and Certified Parent Peer Specialists belonging to marginalized and oppressed identities.

The Wisconsin Peer Specialist Employment Initiative strives to center the principles of equity and justice in all areas of our work. To read more about this, click here.


Spotlight on Peer Support Programs Supporting Marginalized Communities

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Interviewing Erica Steib of The Prism Program!

We’ll be interviewing Erica Steib, CPS on Tuesday, July 20th, 2021 at 11am CDT. We’ll learn more about Erica’s work in peer support, her values, and her experiences in supporting the development of an LGBTQ+-specific peer support program.

Erica Steib is a Suicide Prevention Specialist, certified peer-specialist, and coordinator of the Prism Program at Mental Health America of Wisconsin. Her lived experience and drive to work towards health equity inspired her to develop The Prism Program, a new, free peer-support resource for LGBTQ+ youth and adults in Wisconsin. The Prism Program offers a warmline and online support groups and hopes to offer more in-person services later this year. The overall goal of Prism is to make mental health support more accessible for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults, who report many barriers to receiving care, and face disparities in many mental health outcomes. Erica believes that healing happens in community, and she hopes to use her career in the peer-support field to further promote community-based networks of care that value strength and self-determination for all on the recovery journey.


Supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color Communities

Starting in January 2021, Tara Wilhelmi, the owner and founder of EOTO, LLC began facilitating networking, skill development, and exam study group opportunities specifically for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities in Wisconsin.

We invite you to check out an interview with Tara below and scroll further down to learn more about these additional BIPOC-specific opportunities.

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These BIPOC networking sessions are shifting to a BIPOC CPS Round Table Discussion. Dates TBD based on Doodle poll feedback.

BIPOC CPS Round Table Discussion ~ Please fill out Doodle Poll in Link Below
Click Here to Complete Doodle Poll


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Skill Development

These BIPOC skill development workshops meet on the 4th Saturday of each month from 10-11:30am.

BIPOC Skill Development Workshop:

Skill Development ~ August 28th,  from 10am-11:30am

Click Here to Register (Skill development workshop)



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Exam Study Groups

These BIPOC exam study groups meet on the Wednesday, September 8th, 2021

Focused Study Session ~  September 8th, 2021 6-8pm 
Click Here to Register (Exam Preparation Session)


Individual One-to-One Study Sessions

Want an individual one-to-one study opportunity with Tara Wilhelmi? Click on the link below to schedule!

Click Here to Schedule a One-to-One Study Session with Tara


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