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Healing Voices Screening | Washington, DC

Screening Master Flier April 29 Washington DC

Feel free to SHARE this information for THIS Friday’s, April 29, 2016 FREE motion picture screening of “healing voices” in Washington, DC. Many thanks to Oryx Cohen, PJ Moynihan and the Healing Voices Team. Daphne Klein and Jen Padron lead the welcome. Debbie Plotnick, Vice-President for Mental Health and Systems Advocacy at Mental Health America (MHA) Keynotes on initiatives and innovations in the United States. Thank you to support from Saint Elizabeths Hospital, Washington, DC; National Alliance for Mental Illness, Washington, DC; Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, Washington, DC.

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Padron Logarithm for Quantifying Related Peer Workforce Medicaid State by State Rehab Option Functions

Quantifying Peer Service Deliverables Formula for # Referrals: [(a)(b)(c)/(c/(e/f) = x][1]

Where (a) Number(s) of CPS Medicaid Service Deliverable(s) Code(s)  X  (b) Dollar Value for Fifteen Minute Billable Protocol per type of Service Deliverable[i]  X  (c) CPS Point of Contacts Per Annum Medicaid Service Deliverable / (d) FY [e.g., 15, 16, 17] / (e) number of months of service deliverable(s) =  (x) Number of necessary Referrals is dependent upon the TYPE of CPS provided service deliverable (e.g., (f) (e.g., PSR, Meds Management, Case Management, Group, F2F Peer to Peer).


(c/(e/f) = x, when:

[x = [(a)(b)(c)/(12/(e)(f)  Point of Contact Referrals as per 1) Months, and 2) Sum/anuum for FY 2015, 2016, 2017)] = d

[1] Padron & Associates Peer Services Deliverable Algorithm © 2015 All Rights Reserved.

[i] (f) PSR, Meds Management, Case Management, Crisis, Group, F2F Peer to Peer and other supports

James Ruckle Analysis on US National Certification of Peer Services | Supports and Standardization

Last June 2014, Pamela Hardin and I co-authored a White Paper on US Peer Leadership and Workforce with Dr. Ron Manderscheid (Hardin & Padron, Ed. Manderscheid, 2014) editing and there is very good research, study and analysis being written on US peer supports | services around a national credential, standardization for the Certified Peer Specialist, Recovery Coach and Community Health Worker Promotora.

James Ruckle’s analysis on US national certification and credentialing is interesting to note.  I’m including the link to the entire paper for your review here:

Steve Harrington, Executive Director, of the International Association of Peer Specialists is pre-eminent in global peer services certification, standardization, development and growing. Others colleagues at work in this field at an inherent level of growing US peer leadership and a national peer workforce include Harvey Rosenthal, Executive Director, New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS), Patrick Hendry, National Consumer Liaison, Mental Health America (MHA) National and Susan Bergeson with Peter Ashenden, both of OptumHealth are doing work in supporting peer services | supports in an integrated health environment which is key and instrumental.

The ACMHA College for Behavioral Health Leadership Peer Leadership Interest Group (PLIG) has been instrumental in think-tanking, researching the state of the state of US Peer Leadership and a National Workforce for peer services | supports in behavioral health integration from the 2014 Summit in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The PLIG has released a National ToolKit for consumer operated service providers (COSP’s) and providers use.

I invite your work here which is supportive of US peer leadership, a workforce development, national credentialing and standardization.  Email me at to share here.


New Peer Initiative – February 3 Deadline


Application Deadline: February 3, 2015

The ACMHA Peer Leadership Interest Group (PLIG) is doing meaningful and important work for the field. If you have not seen it, the tool kit that arose out of our discussions and input is available and being promoted to the members. The PLIG has another opportunity to do some really valuable work…but the deadline is very short. We have received sponsorship funding to support the development of a program or product that collects and shares information about how peers are supporting At Risk Individuals (ARI) who, for these purposes, are defined as:

  • Individuals in Rural and Frontier areas where resources are geographically hard to access
  • Justice Involved Individuals
  • Individuals experiencing multiple ongoing hospitalizations
  • Individuals with multiple physical and behavioral health issues
  • Homeless individuals

A work group is being put together to create the project.  Individuals in the ARI PLIG work group will be asked to commit to the following

  • Attend the 2015 Summit (funded) and listen to and consider activation and health literacy information.
  • Participate in a 2-3 hour post-Summit session where individuals process conference findings, share other best practices, and determine what program or product the group will create to support the field:  An eBook?  A Toolkit?  A Learning Collaborative? A white paper?  A series of webinars? Sessions at Alternatives Peer Conference? Compendium of tools and resources?
  • Receive input from the full PLIG on the content of the program/product.
  • Create, finalize and distribute the selected program/product(s) by December 31, 2015.

Peers who are interested in being a part of the ARI PLIG work group will need to apply by completing an application and returning it to no later than February 3, 2015. This is a hard deadline as all applications will be sent to the reviewers at the same time. We could not act sooner as funding just became available and the board approved the projectUNCA