White Privilege Systemic Eradication of the Other

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I missed my trauma therapy appointment for the 3rd week in a row today and it’s showing through the cracks of my face, my hands, my mouth, my eyes, my voice… is cracking.

My primary diagnosis nowadays is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and so I wondered that my experienced childhood trauma has been exceeded by the adult trauma experienced living in the US as an out Gender Queer, polarized and profiled resistant, non risk averse woman of color raised on Queer Nation, ACT UP and fuck you bitch, stand beside me or step the fuck aside in yo face since my 20s.

Systemic White Privileged oppression, abuses, discrimination and hatefulness toward eradicating otherness based on race, culture, gender identity and/or presentation, color of skin and reversed discrimination of fair skinned people in a predominantly Black region (Atlanta, Georgia) pisses me off. It pisses me the fuck off, actually.

I often tell people that No, I do not believe in the premise and inherently false US Community Public Mental Health System, nor will I admit Mental Illness exists. The disease versus pussy recovery oriented system of care is the very basis of my work around behavioral health integration, mental diversity, substance use, isolationist first responder mobile crisis intervention (MH/SA) and finally, how I categorically espouse for  US Peer Workforce.

The hate I feel towards me when I walk into a predominantly white or BLACK environment in Atlanta is so thick, I can cut it with a brand new X-Acto Blade and leave marks, cuts of blood so deep it won’t bleed.

I listen to “Penthouse Floor” a lot and will rebel yell Resist, Fight, Fuck You in your face with my co-horts but to be reversed discriminated against because of my Queerness and because I’m not Black puts me into a position of being hated, feared, dismissed. My education, class, verbal upper class White Yankee, nay, Surfer Dude confuses, I admit.

We either work together against the real scourge of hate in 2017 or we don’t.

You can’t bullshit a bullshitter, either.

I dare you to walk your talk. Be transparent. Authentic. Speak your truth.

It’s now or never.

Step up or step aside.

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Thank you and I’m really going to miss you, Carrie Fisher

This is my homage to the great outspoken, graceful, articulate, powerful and so exciting Carrie Fisher, who I heard had died today from complications post massive cardiac arrest 2 days ago. God bless you, Carrie Fisher. I have to tell you this:

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I have always respected you. I have to admit I half way fell in 16 year old girl love for you when I saw you in STAR WARS playing the indomitable brilliant and pain in the ass to the boys, Princess Leia. I loved you in it an couldn’t quite make up my mind the temporal beauty of your looks. Classic and well, pained. Why is that? And that quick wit and smile had me in the palms of your hands… yes. A brilliant woman only. Only. Solamente Uno. One. You had it and thank God it was you.

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Your work on behalf of Mental Health and Wellness is quite brave also, if I tell you that myself, darling. Bravo.

Here is today’s hot off the press releases that I will endorse for you to enjoy as much as I do: Carrie Fisher.

 

The Certified Peer Specialist: Role & Action in Crisis Intervention

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I will be writing, here, about the functional components for a discerning intentionally driven and mutual peer-based Certified Peer Specialist’s portfolio of peer services deliverables within the behavioral health crisis intervention role(s) when BH is co-located with PH in a fully integrated community public health model.

To include the following:

1.0 The Certified Peer Specialist work on a tag-team recovery and peer based triage team with co-supports providers;

2.0 Peer crisis response must be entirely peer-led or peer driven and be at least 100% CPS in order to provide care, supervised by a CPS, CPRP, QMHP.

3.0 1st Trauma Informed Responder to individual in crisis (e.g., experiencing a psychosis, ideating with plan) alongside Clinician;

4.0 Utilize peer self-directive strengths based Dialogue and emotional CPR (Fisher & Spiro, 2013); for crisis intervention and de-escalation;

5.0 Peer to Peer Supports (e.g., Behavioral Health, Physical Health and Wellness Coaching Supports, Public Health (e.g., HIV/AIDS/HCV/STD), continuum of care, integration, health and human services liaison, f2f care and peer support, family, community supportive integration and strengths building);

6.0 Warm Line;

7.0 Peer Respite Whole Health & Wellness Center;

8.0 Training required for CPS providing crisis and/or respite peer supports;

9.0 Documentation and Data Evaluation & Surveillance;

10.0 Capacity building;

11.0 Cultural attunity;

12.0 Medication optimization (e.g., Robert Whitaker’s “Anatomy of An Epidemic” influenced work;

13.0 PBHCI BH + PH health and wellness solution peer supports;

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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:

http://www.slideshare.net/JamesRuckle/mhpc-certification-report

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 jennifermpadron@gmail.com to share here.

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