SAMHSA is looking for feedback on core competencies for peer workers

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The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has identified and drafted a document that describes the foundational and essential core competencies required by a range of peer workers within behavioral health services. SAMHSA is offering the public the opportunity to review and provide comments on the document. 


  1. Laurel Taylor Dudley's avatar
    Laurel Taylor Dudley
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    Opportunities for cultural influences to be more presented in the field of addiction, and/or recovery on any level, substance, trauma as well depend upon what is considered qualification to hold position. As we seen in substance use - recovery- based on experience, over the years is not enough. Which opens up a whole other level of attention to this issue - who is the consumer, and who gets paid for offering the services. What does being an expert mean? And, as a service is more acceptable such as the impact of trauma, why do the qualifications change? I live in Chicago.
  2. Donald M. Clark's avatar
    Donald M. Clark
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    The core competencies for peer workers or peer counselors must be evaluated within the context of African Americans in the Inner City and who are skilled at behavioral navigation based on life skills. Crucial times exist and the White House commands during this 50th Yr. Anniversary of the Civil Rights and Economic Opportunity Act to come up with the kind of progress that shatters stereotypes during the last 2 (two years) of the Obama Administration.

    Strongly recommend that these experts in the community be employed as consultants and outreach specialists for the Michael Brown Incident at Ferguson and the most recent Freddy Grey tragedy in the front yard of [Baltimore,Maryland]SAMHSA.

    Already, 6 (six) sites have been established by
    the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) relative to the National Initiative for
    Community Trust and Partnership Building. All six sites are municipalities with substantial black communities but African Americans are under represented in the consumer and peer recovery/rehabilitation community. Why is this? It's either institutional racism or culturally incompetent staff, and both should no longer be allowed as a public expense.
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