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 jennifermpadron@gmail.com to share here.


Behavioral Health News – Fall 2014 Issue

I wrote and submitted an article to the Behavioral Health News which will be published in the special Integrated Health Care issue specific to peer services/supports integrating the Certified Peer Specialist, Recovery Coach and Community Health Worker Promotora to integrated behavioral + physical health care environments.  I hope you will look out for it.

Here is the Summer 2014 Issue:  http://www.mhnews.org/back_issues/BHN-Summer2014.pdf


Mental Health Weekly Volume 24, Number 24-25 2014





Thank you Valarie Canady, Mental Health Weekly, Wiley Periodicals, Inc., for the great two (2) part articles, “Peers propose national lived experience workforce development model” and “Peer leadership development webinar moves career agenda forward” in the Mental Health Weekly Volume 24, Number 24-25, 2014.


NACBHDD June 15, 2014 Newsletter: From Washington, DC [US PEER LEADERSHIP & WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT and TA-LK WEBINAR, JUNE 18, 2014]












White Paper and Teleconference Webinar July 18 REGISTRATION LINK

Space is limited.

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

This TA-lk Webinar will inform and inspire, and show how to take action. The focus will be improving US peer leadership and US domestic workforce development utilizing Certified Peer Specialists (CPS), Recovery Coaches (RC), and Community Health Worker Promotoras (CHW), together with Licensed Integrated Care Professionals (LICP), in an integrated care environment via the Lived Experience Workforce Development model. It also will increase awareness of current innovative and emergent effective models, programs, initiatives, and services specifically designed for peers, persons in recovery, and those working in integrated care settings (e.g., Health Homes, Person Centered Medical Homes, Federally Qualified Health Centers).


Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM EDT

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.


Pam Hardin Head Shot                                 

Pamela Hardin, MBA, M.Ed, Instructional Designer, State of Texas HHSC; Principal Investigator and Co-Author, “White Paper:  US Peer Leadership and Workforce Development.”

dr john brekke headshot

John Brekke, PhD,Professor,Frances G. Larson Professor of Social Work Research, University of Southern California School of Social Work.



dr ken minkoff

Ken Minkoff, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard University Medical School; Representataive, BRSS TACS Advisory Council, Representative, American Association of Community      Psychiatrists; Senior Policy Partner, Meadows Mental Health Institute for Texas; Senior System Consultant, ZiaPartners, Inc., San Rafael, California.





  •  Define a policy framework for maximizing access to integrated peer support and recovery support in a recovery oriented integrated system of care.
  •  Describe the pros and cons of various strategies and approaches to expanding peer support and the peer workforce.
  •  Identify the primary reason people with mental illness and/or substance abuse issues die an average of 25 years earlier than the general population.
  •  Identify three peer support entry level paid positions.
  •  Identify who benefits when lived experience and taking personal responsibility for health and wellness are respected instead of stigmatized.


  • US Certified Peer Specialists, Recovery Coaches and Community Health Worker Promotoras;
  • Peers and persons in recovery, current and past recipients of mental health and substance abuse services, and family members;
  • Peer-run and provider organizations;
  • Community- and faith-based organizations that support individuals with mental and substance use disorders;
  • State, county behavioral health departments;
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers and Look-Alikes;
  • Health Homes and Person Centered Medical Homes;
  • Policy makers and decision makers;
  • Integrated behavioral health and physical health care providers.
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