Here is a line up of the roll outs scheduled for 2018! PCA could not be more excited. This will take patience, time, energy, and most of all community involvement. We encourage volunteers to participate on many many levels and in many counties. But with the continuing rise of overdosed deaths, maybe this is the right (and best) response for Colorado.
TELEPHONE RECOVERY SUPPORT
Peer Coach Academy Colorado is embarking on adding new services to our playbook. In addition to the peer trainings we have entered into an agreement with an local organization in supporting their clients seeking recovery. We also hope to create a template that can be duplicated by other counties in Colorado with this effort hoping it can enable them locally to provide recovery support services, create a revenue stream, and develop and maximize a volunteer workforce and create an internal support network.
CCAR has been providing Telephone Recovery Support (TRS) calls to CT residents that are in recovery from alcohol or other addictions since 2005. TRS is an innovative, peer-to-peer support service. Trained volunteers that are, in many cases, in recovery themselves, make weekly calls to “check in” and see how people are doing. Recoverees are offered support; encouragement and information about resources that may help them maintain their recovery.
The beauty is in the simplicity. TRS helps people stay in recovery. Sometimes just a phone call can make someone feel wanted, cared about and included. Dare, we say “loved”. When making the call, the volunteer will feel rewarded when they have spoken with someone. They share in joys and sorrows, triumphs and setbacks. They have the satisfaction of giving back, of making a difference. It’s a classic win-win scenario.
The impact on our state has been immeasurable. We know that our calls help people maintain their recovery and get them back on track if a relapse occurs. When someone tells us they have relapsed, we don’t kick them out of the program; we keep calling them, checking in with them, seeing if they want help. When someone is down, that’s when he or she needs the most support. CCAR is often the only encouraging voice heard at a critical junction on the road of their recovery.
Again, PCA Colorado borrows from the playbook of CCAR. Why not utilize strategies that have proven to work. CCAR is a volunteer agency; promoting recovery through volunteering in our communities. Volunteers maintain their own recovery by giving back and supporting peer support services. Individuals early in recovery are strengthened by volunteer peers who provide support, resources, and encouragement to individuals who are just beginning their road to recovery.
CCAR has developed a Volunteer Management System that offers volunteers a standardized orientation, scheduling, and training process as well as various volunteer position descriptions that contain professional responsibilities volunteers can apply to personal career advancement.
The heart of CCAR’s Volunteer Management System is their volunteer trainings. Volunteers participate in a variety of trainings designed to build skills specific to the volunteer’s task, recovery interests and needs, including volunteer orientation training. Trainings incorporate transformational language and elements to enhance volunteer’s self-esteem, strengthen their recovery, and build their recovery capital. CCAR’s mandatory training series for volunteers teaches communication skills, team building and focuses on incorporating recovery into a volunteer’s life. After completed required trainings, volunteers will have a clear understanding of CCAR’s recovery center values and ethics, the policies and procedures, the nuts and bolts of advocacy and recovery service. This orientation is compulsory for all CCAR volunteers.
Volunteers are recruited from all walks of life and bring with them a recovery, cultural, economic, and educational perspective that adds diversity to the team. CCAR volunteers are college students and interns, individuals in early or long-term recovery, retired professionals, unemployed recoverees, allies, and individuals providing community service hours or probation requirements.
The Volunteer Program of CCAR supports the CCAR mission in organizing the recovery community and its ability to care. To provide a variety of effective peer-to-peer recovery support services that addresses the needs of the recovery community.
- We engage in a participatory process.
- We listen to our membership and attempt to incorporate their suggestions.
- We promote the primacy of individual recovery.
- We continue to identify, nurture and develop leadership from within the recovering community.
- We ensure cultural diversity and inclusion.
- We look for opportunities for individuals to use their gifts and develop their strengths.
Each of the Colorado County Recovery Community Centers (RCC) has their own volunteer coordinator that can speak to the needs of their individual center. To inquire about volunteer opportunities at the center nearest you, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Peer Professional Accreditation Track
PCA is committed to supporting individuals who are pursuing a career in peer support services. We are committed to 3 separate pathways of accreditation. Our basic educational track that is recommended for entry level coaches consists of these trainings:
A) CCAR Recovery Coach Academy Core Coach training…………….. 32 hours
B) CCAR Ethical Considerations for Coaches ………………………………… 12 hours
C) Professionalism for Recovery Coaches ……………………………………. 12 hours
D) Medication Supported Recovery ………………………………………….. 6 hours ( introduces barriers re: Suboxone/Methadone)
Total hours 64- qualifies for each of the following accreditations:
- CCAR’s Recovery Coach Professional Designation. We think the CART Recovery Coach Professional designation is a better way. CART and PCA believe in the science. The science will be learned through 60 hours of CART-approved training. CART/PCA will also ask for a resume and/or a written history of addiction recovery experience. However, CART/PCA feel there is more an organization can do to accurately assess an individual’s skill. We are bringing back a live interview process to see if the candidate has the “art”. During the interview, a panel of peers will assess whether or not the candidate is actively listening, asking good questions, managing their personal biases and treating people as resources. CART/PCA believe these skills are the essence of recovery coaching which we define as the “art”. To earn the Recovery Coach Professional designation, the applicant must pass this rigorous, live interview process. There is no written test.
- Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist (NCPRSS)The CCAR trainings are approved by NAADAC and can be applied to their certification. Peer Recovery Support Specialists are individuals who are in recovery from substance use or co-occurring mental health disorders. Their life experiences and recovery allow them to provide recovery support in such way that others can benefit from their experiences. The purpose of the experiential-based Nationally Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist Credential is to standardize the knowledge and competency of peer support to individuals with substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The NAADAC/NCC AP Peer Recovery Support Specialist Code of Ethics outlines basic values and principles of peer recovery support practice.
- Position yourself for career opportunities and reimbursement potential.
- NAADAC’s NCPRSS Certification is endorsed by Optum as a reimbursed credential.
- Distinguish yourself as a recovering person that evidences competency and knowledge in recovery support services.
- The NCPRSS credential reflects a commitment of the highest ethical standards for Peer Recovery Support Specialists.
- The Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification is intended as a professional credential for individuals with “lived experience” in behavioral health.“Lived experience” means:
- The applicant has a personal history of drug or alcohol addiction and is engaged in recovery and/or
- The applicant has a personal diagnosis (experience) of a mental health condition and is engaged in recovery, or
- The applicant has personally provided care to a child, youth or adolescent with a drug or alcohol addiction or mental health condition
WHY DO I WANT THIS CREDENTIAL √ Recognition that peers are key for delivery of behavior health services √ Ability for peers to achieve and maintain a professional credential √ Opportunity for skill and career development √ Ensures employed peers meet certain standards for experience and training √ Potential implications for Medicaid √ Ensures competency standards for the profession √ Requires adherence to an ethical code
Training of Trainers
Peer Coach Academy Colorado is now able to train trainers of the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and other curriculum for Colorado and elsewhere. We are poised to network several counties in Colorado with local trainers to support increasing recovery support in those counties and create an additional revenue stream for self sustaining that support.
The RCA Training of Trainer program is required of anyone looking to train the CCAR RCA Curriculum. To attend the (minimum) Two-day RCA Training of Trainer (TOT) Program, you must have already attended the RCA 32 hour program. All participants of the TOT Program should have prior training/facilitation experience as this is not set up to provide instruction on how to train, but how to train our curriculum.
For information about networking your organization with the Colorado PCA ROSC (Recovery Oriented System of Care) network, please email email@example.com
PEP- Parents Empowering Parents
This is an organic support group for parents of adult children enmeshed in the judicial system. Parents understand the frustration, the hopelessness, the helplessness, and the stigma that come with the illness of dependence better than most providers can. PCA will be supporting this relatively new support mechanism and look to expand the benefits it offers. Families are most often the last on list of being helped in drug endangered situation and the last to seek out help. We hope to start to end the shame that parents feel when their loved ones are affected.