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Kansas Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

Are you a self-identified consumer of mental health services? Do you have an interest in what it might be like to pursue a career in the mental health field?

The Center for Behavioral Health Initiatives at the Community Engagement Institute, located at the 238 Mead Old Town Location, has recently been awarded a certificate of recognition award by the National Alliance on Mental Illness for their outstanding and ongoing work with the Certified Peer Specialist Initiative.

Certified Peer Specialists (or CPS) are self-identified consumers of mental health services who are employed by community mental health centers or Consumer Run Organizations (CROs) to help people develop a network for information and support from others who have been through similar experiences.

There are numerous trainings available throughout the state for the two level certification process, with the soonest Level One training class coming up in Great Bend on March 7th-9th. There are other upcoming dates in Hutchinson, Topeka and a training at the Community Engagement Institute itself in May.

For more information or to sign up for CPS training, contact William at william.welch@wichita.edu.