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Using this paper and its recommendations as a guide, State Mental Health Commissioners/Directors should support the establishment of Deaf to Deaf Peer Support Training and Services in their states to significantly support the recovery process of the people they serve who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and have mental health conditions. Peer support services and mental health recovery concepts have largely been embraced in the hearing world. However, peer support and learning about mental health recovery concepts among the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities has just begun to emerge and are not widely known. People who are Deaf and Hard of Hearing and have mental health conditions should have the same opportunities to have peer support services as their hearing counterparts and learn about mental health recovery concepts.
This fact sheet is from the ADA National Network.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) offers resources for recovery supports. CPS and CPPS in Wisconsin are required to be knowledgeable on the SAMHSA definition of recovery, “Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.”
If you’ve been looking for a space similar (and different) to our monthly Communities of Practice, you may want to check out the “Affinity Calls” hosted by the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence.
The structure for these calls is similar in that they have Affinity Calls for those in peer support roles and another track for those in supervisory roles to peer support workers (what they term Peer Recovery Support Specialists).
Though participation in these calls do not earn you continuing education credit at the current time, they are a valuable resource for deepening conversations, professional development, and networking on a more national scale.