What Youth Peer Support Looks Like in Communities

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    Youth Peer Support Resources

               CMS SAMSHA Joint Bulletin Peer Support

Youth Peer Support Webinar Learning Series

Peer Support Construction Zone

What does it take to provide the building blocks to a young professional working with young people with shared life experiences and traumas, giving them the foundation to become a strong, confident, effective peer mentor? How do you give them a safety line to balance the elements of their own personal life experiences and trauma, the work and experiences with youth, professional and colleague interactions, professional and educational growth, home life, family and friends? As in construction, peer mentors require fundamental skills to build a firm foundation and the “scaffolding” of coaching and supervision to do the “hands- on” work. The Allegheny County Department of Human Services’ Youth Support Partner (YSP) Unit has put together the essential building blocks to support young peer mentors. In this session you will: - Learn about the selection process of YSP candidates involving their peers in the process and the supportive leadership structure of the YSP Unit - Get insight into the aspects of staff development and training tips for young adults - Discuss the importance of prepping, shadowing and behavioral rehearsals - Hear about Coaching as it relates to life coaching and skill attainment - Look at the use of performance based supervision to support emerging professionals - Discuss the importance of staff and career development, self-care and wellness In this Webinar you will hear how Allegheny County has implemented a successful Peer Mentoring program by creating a culture of support and an environment of learning through Coaching and Supervision.

    • Speakers include:
    • Marieke Johnson, MSPC, Program Manager
    • Aaron Thomas, Manager of Professional Development and Coaching
    • Amanda Hirsh, MSPPM, Youth Support Partner Unit Manager

Youth Peer Support: Becoming a Medicaid Provider

This webinar was developed in partnership with The TA Network at University of Maryland Baltimore.

Presenters:  Brie Masselli, Director of Techincal Assistance and Evaluation, Youth M.O.V.E. National, Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. National and Dayana Simmons of Center for Health Care Strategies, Inc.

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Building the Foundation for a Youth MOVEment of Peer Support (Three Part Webinar Series)

This webinar series was developed in partnership with the National Technical Assistance Center for Children's Mental Health at Georgetown University's Center for Child and Human Development.

Part 1: Understanding the Continuum of Informal to Formal Youth & Young Adult Peer Support

Young adult peer support is value added to the community based service array for youth and young adult struggling with mental health challenges. Peer support can be provided in a variety of ways along the continuum of informal social group settings to individual one-to-one service model. This webinar showcases efforts in the field that have effectively met the needs of youth and young adults. Youth M.O.V.E. National, utilizing literature from the field and application along the continuum, offers a framework for communities to follow when developing community based peer to peer opportunities.

Presenters: Brie Masselli, Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation, Youth M.O.V.E. National and Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. National

Part 2: Supporting Youth Peer Support in Your Organization

A continuation of the youth peer support conversation, this webinar focuses on the findings of an Environmental Scan, conducted across the country in states providing varieties of youth peer support, along the continuum of helping relationships.  Recognizing the pivotal role organizations play in the success of implementing youth peer support services, this webinar will lay the necessary groundwork for organizational readiness, peer workgroup creation and next steps needed. The focus lies at the organizational level and includes the vital role of a diverse workgroup in implementing successful services.

Presenters: Brie Masselli, Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation, Youth M.O.V.E. National and Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. National

Part 3: Defining the Developmental Needs of Youth and Young Adult Peer Support

The third webinar in the series focuses on the unique characteristics needed to develop and implement youth peer support services. Youth peer support is a unique addition to the child serving systems and requires adaptations to existing peer models to meet the developmental needs of youth and young adults.  Youth peer support services, effectively implemented, can be value added to the traditional array of clinical services available to young adults. Youth peer support, specifically designed to meet the needs of this population, may be the missing link to connect young adults who are disengaged from services to reconnect. The peer relationship can be considered the entry point to accessing services.

This webinar explores important areas for organizations developing youth peer services to consider in planning, implementation and quality improvement processes. In designing peer services for youth in transition, there is an opportunity to reflect and respond to the generational differences, culture, worldview and wellness definitions of young adults seeking mental health services.

Presenters: Brie Masselli, Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation, Youth M.O.V.E. National and Johanna Bergan, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. National

 

Three Part NASMHPD Webinar Series: Peer Support

Part 1:  Peer Support: What exactly does that mean?

The world of Peer Support continues to expand. This webinar will provide consumers, administrators, managers and providers with an historical look at Peer Supports, examples of successful Peer Support implementation, and the latest communication from CMS regarding Medicaid reimbursement of these important supports. Presenters will cover the topics of Adult Peer Supports, Youth Peer Supports, and Family Peer Supports.

Participants will gain a greater understanding of the role Peer Support providers can play in addressing the growing need for an expanded mental health workforce. By tapping into this emerging, non-traditional pool, organizations can greatly enhance both the quality and volume of services and supports that are provided within their community. Presenters will share indicators that demonstrate that individuals often cite a greater level of comfort and higher satisfaction when Peer Support providers are involved in the supports and services received.

Presenters: Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Patrick Hendry, Senior Director of Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health; Brie Masselli, Director of Technical Assistance and Evaluation, Youth M.O.V.E. National

To listen to the Part 1 click here: http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/p6sms16m66d/

Part 2: Organizational Capacity Considerations for Providing Peer Support Services

In May, 2013, CMS/SAMHSA released a joint informational bulletin that clarified the definition of “Peer” to include adults, families, and youth. As a result of this clarification many organizations are working closely with their states to expand current peer services to include the full spectrum of service possibilities. Currently, 32 states have included Peer Support in their Medicaid State Plan, many through the Rehab Option. Many of these states currently offer only Adult Peer Support services and are in the process of expanding services to be inclusive of family and youth models. Many states that do not currently offer Peer Support as a Medicaid reimbursable service are considering this option but until this becomes a reality, provider organizations must rely upon alternate types of funding.

Please join us as we explore the evolution of this emerging workforce. We will look at the growth of Peer Support since its inception and track through to the present day status of adult, family, and youth Peer Support. Participants will gain a broad understanding of the organizational considerations that are crucial to the successful implementation of these three, unique models of Peer Support.

Presenters: Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Patrick Hendry, Senior Director of Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health America; Lacy Kendrick Burk, Executive Director, Youth M.O.V.E. National

To listen to part 2 click here:  http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/p31kwerbm3k/

Part 3: Training and Certification of Peer Support Providers

Description: There is an increasing acknowledgement of the value that peer support specialists bring to the behavioral health continuum of services and supports. As this emerging workforce evolves, states and organizations are developing requirements for training, supervision and certification. 

This webinar will explore the unique characteristics intrinsic in the training, supervision and certification of adult, family, and youth peer support specialists. Participants will be provided with an historical perspective of the beginnings of the standardization of adult peer support and will learn about current, emerging best practices in adult, family and youth peer support.

A variety of training curriculums, supervision models and certification programs that are currently being utilized will be discussed and participants will develop a greater understanding of the key elements of each.

Presenters: Lynda Gargan, Ph.D., Senior Managing Director, National Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health; Patrick Hendry, Senior Director of Consumer Advocacy, Mental Health; Brie Masselli, Director, Training, Technical Assistance, and Evaluation, Youth M.O.V.E. National

To listen to part 3 click here:  http://nasmhpd.adobeconnect.com/p6fip6hbzfg/