Lupe Alonzo-Diaz, M.P.Aff., Deputy Director
Healthcare Workforce Development Division
Phone: (916) 326-3700 Ext 7 email: Lupe.Alonzo-Diaz@oshpd.ca.gov
Peer Support Specialists ( Behavioral /Mental Health Community Health Workers) are an integral part of the CA 5 year Mental Health Services Act Workforce Education and Training (WET) Five-Year Plan 2014 – 2019
California Peer Specialist (PS) Career Pathway (ppt 27 slides- slide 18 visual representation of PSS career path) http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HWDD/pdfs/wet/PowerPoint-Peer-Support-Specialist-A-Galvez-S-Kuehn.pdf
Recovery is a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. ~~SAMHSA Working Definition of Recovery (Last updated in 2011)
P.E.E.R.S Peers Envisioning and Engaging in Recovery Services
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is releasing “A Practitioners Resource Guide: Helping Families to support Their LGBT Children.” This resource Guide is designed to help health care and social service practitioners provide greater insight to families on how they can support their children who are coming out or identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). SAMHSA produced this Guide based in part on research from the Family Acceptance Project, which indicates that LGBT young adults who reported high levels of family rejection during adolescence, compared with peers from families that reported no or low levels of family rejection, were:
- 8.4 times more likely to report having attempted suicide;
- 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression; and
- 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs.
Click here to find the guide: http://www.samhsa.gov/
Monthly Peer Certification Stakeholder Web Call- (WWT)
Hello Community Members,
We have over 115 people registered already but if you have not done so already, Please register for Monthly Peer Certification Stakeholder Web Call–this Thursday Noon on Sep 25, 2014 12:00 PM PDT at:
Provide input and learn updates on progress towards State Peer Certification of Consumer, Youth, Family and Parent Peer Providers
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
I apologize that our neighborhood’s cable internet went down in the middle of the webcall in August. We know more since then so we will give more updates.
Thanks for your commitment!
Karin Lettau, MS
Working Well Together, Southern Region
Technical Assistance Coordinator
Direct Line: 619-246-7797
Community Health Workers Known as Promotores Enhance Access to Culturally Tailored Services for Elderly, Low-Income Racial/Ethnic Minorities, Leading to Improvements in Mental Health
The Union of Pan Asian Communities manages and oversees the Elder Multicultural Access and Support Services (more commonly known as EMASS) Program, which uses community health workers known as promotores to provide culturally competent mental health education and services to elderly racial and ethnic minorities in San Diego County. Working with clients of similar racial and ethnic backgrounds and often of the same age, promotores offer group classes covering recreation, healthy living, and mental health education; one-on-one counseling and support; referrals to language-concordant mental health providers; and transportation to, and translation services at, appointments with medical and mental health providers. The program has enhanced access to mental health screening, referral, education, and peer support, leading to improved mental health status and health literacy…
Community partners recruited many of the promotores, including promotores from the African-American community (selected by the Urban League), the Somali community (Somali Family Service), and the Latino community (San Diego County branch of the National Alliance on Mental Illness). Union of Pan Asian Communities UPAC recruited a promotora from the Filipino community.