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LSF Health Systems

Peer Workforce Development ECHO

with Dr. Phenessa Gray


The Peer Workforce Development ECHO Clinic provides professional development for Certified Recovery Peer Specialists (CRPSs) new to the field. Although training and certification processes vary by state and organization, SAMHSA’s Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health (2015) “identifies the critical knowledge, skills and abilities needed by anyone who provides peer support services to people with or in recovery from a mental health or substance use condition.” To support and expand upon core competencies, the Peer Workforce Development ECHO offers a bi-monthly, 1.5 hour long ECHO session with an inter-professional team of behavioral health and recovery peer specialists focused on enhancing professional skills and abilities to assist peers in the recovery process and connect with other peer specialists new to field work. This clinic includes an opportunity to engage in expert-led didactic presentations, present cases, receive real-time case consultation and recommendations from specialists, and become part of a safe, collaborative learning community of practice.

CRPSs’ bring valuable skills to the organizations where they work. Using peer recovery support services reduces:

  • the number of admissions and days spent in hospitals,
  • use of emergency departments and detoxification centers, and
  • the average service costs per person.

Additionally, CPRSs improve social connections and hope, quality of life, and engagement in clinical services.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Expand understanding of core competencies, documentation, and ethical standards associated with certification
  • Increase confidence, knowledge and application of best practices
  • Improve quality of personal and professional life
  • Acquire specific and practical tools to improve peer support
  • Promote collaborative integration into the workplace


Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, behavioral health providers, mental health providers, and others are welcome.

Download Flyer: Peer Workforce Development ECHO Flyer

Please make sure to register on Zoom to access ECHO Sessions. Click schedule to access Zoom links for each session.

  • Session 13: Advocacy Skills for Self and Others in the Workplace: Apr 4th, 2023
    Tue from 9:00 - 10:30 am

    Will run

  • Session 14: CPRS Continuing Education: Enhancing Peer Workforce Development Skills: Apr 18th, 2023
    Tue from 9:00 - 10:30 am

    Will run

  • Session 15: Service Navigation & Access to Community Resources: May 8th, 2023
    Tue from 9:00 - 10:30 am

    Will run

  • Session 16: Peer-spectives: Lived Experiences, Workplace Transitions, & Workforce Support: May 22nd, 2023
    Tue from 9:00 - 10:30 am

    Will run

Online Class

For more info, call us at (904) 900-1075

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