Marshall University received a $132,500 grant from the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources Office of Behavioral Health (WV DHHR BBH) to develop a workforce training center through pairs. BBH seeks to expand the capacity of the workforce of those trained and/or seeking training and/or employed or seeking employment as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) in West Virginia.
Dave Sanders, senior health and human resources specialist at WV DHHR BBH, says it’s important to provide a single point for peer recovery support specialists to turn to for continuing education.
“The peer [Workforce] The Training Center will be a single point of access for the Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) to locate and participate in continuing education opportunities, find recovery resources, learn more about PRSS credentials, and network with with each other,” Sanders said.
The West Virginia Peer Hub will help assist the peer workforce to access training schedules from training providers, facilitate training requests in local communities, and access technical assistance and information. other resources related to the peer workforce, such as accreditation information and other workforce-related topics.
The Peer Workforce Training Hub recently partnered with WV DHHR BBH and the West Virginia Office of Drug Control Policy and West Virginia Collegiate Recovery Network to offer McShin Foundation Training of Trainers for peer recovery coaches. Over twenty people from across the state applied and were selected for the training. They now strive to offer these trainings to their peers in their local community.
Carrie Cunningham is the West Virginia Peer Project Coordinator [Workforce] Training pole.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to develop and distribute these trainings and to have on-demand access to several trainings for peer recovery support specialists and those seeking to become certified in the state. of West Virginia,” Cunningham said. “The trainings will help prepare those who wish to take the state certification test and strengthen the peer support community.”
For more information, visit www.wvbhtraining.org/peerhub/.