BHA Recovery Day 2016 Please join the Behavioral Health Administration in celebrating SAMHSA’s 27th Annual National Recovery Month Kick-Off Celebration on Friday, September 9, 2016. This exciting event will take place from 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM at Rice Auditorium, Spring Grove Hospital Center, 55 Wade Avenue, Catonsville, MD, 21228.
The annual conference for NAMI Maryland will be held on October 14th & 15th. This conference will provide individuals a chance to learn about the latest research & uncover resources that you may not have known were available. Invitations are extended to individuals with mental illness, families, faith leaders, community members, students, healthcare providers and criminal justice professionals. Here is the link to register for the conference and obtain additional information.
Some of you have expressed interest in obtaining the CCDC to add to your CAC-AD so you will have reciprocity outside of Maryland. Forms mentioned are on the Certification page. Here is the simple process:
Method for a CAC-AD obtaining the CCDC
- Fill out 2-page application form
- Sign CCDC code of ethical conduct
- Fill out and have notarized the Release form
- Send in a copy of current CAC-AD and resume
- Pay $150 certification fee
If your organization desires to become an IC&RC testing site for any of MABPCB’s credentials with ISO Quality Testing, and who are seeking more information on what becoming a testing site may involve, can find information on ISO Quality Testing’s website at this link: http://www.isoqualitytesting.com/centers.aspx
Applications for any credential this board offers only stay open for two years. No renewals. If you are nearing the end of the two year period and have yet to take and pass the exam, please contact the Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org to see what you need to do. If your application passes the two year mark and you have not passed the exam you will need to submit a new application and pay the fee.
Several people have written in recently inquiring about the state’s peer recovery specialist credential, but then go on to ask how their addiction- or psychology-specific training can fit into the credential requirements. The truth is, they can’t, except for some hours in ethics. The credential is designed to support peer recovery standards found in the current literature (William White, SAMHSA, iNAPS, etc.) and not any other discipline.
I believe one reason that is happening is well-meaning people are directing these others toward the peer credential because it may be more attainable for them. The peer recovery specialist credential is not an “easy A” credential and should not be looked at this way. It is by far not that easy to obtain and does require some hard work for those who strive for it. It is also insulting for those who hold it to insinuate that they are less intelligent or industrious than those who strive for another discipline. Far from it. When the CPRS was first introduced several social workers and addiction counselors wanted to know how to receive the credential. They saw it as something worthwhile to supplement their practice. Many of these did go on to become peer supervisors because of their interest in and knowledge of the work.
To those who are accumulating credit hours in addiction or another discipline, I say go on and get a credential in that area. You will still help people, if that’s why you chose that career path in the first place. If you sincerely want to be a peer recovery specialist, take the class work and get the experience that sets the CPRS holder apart from every other discipline.