Is or was anyone here ever a peer support specialist?

How long did you do it? Did you like it? How many hours per week was it? We’re you on disability at the time?

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I really want to become a peer support specialist but Michigan requires you to be in a position already before you become licensed working ten hours a week. I think volunteer positions count too, but I can’t find any around here.

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I’m in Michigan too. I didn’t know some places let you do it as a volunteer. That’s cool.

I could be wrong about that, but the best way to findout is to call or email someone at LARA and ask. I was told by someone that volunteer hours may count, but I didnt ask anyone at LARA.

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Ok. Got it. Thanks @Squanchy

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I’m a Certified Peer Specialist here in Georgia working at same hospital crisis center I was once a client. Very rewarding and only job I could ever hold really…the pay however is modest!

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Are you on disability while doing it? How many hours do you work per week?

t hey ask me to try and see if i would like to be one, after 6 class i toke the test online and made a 76 score to low to pass after the review i found out i was distrusting with types of mental ill people. so i felt wasn’t the one for the job. ps these days it more paper work and phone less one on one contact.

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I’m certificated as a mental health recovery specialist. Most of my peers became peer specialists and case workers. It was part of a great fellow/internship here in LA for those seeking to work in the mh field.

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There’s a test to see if you’re comfortable around people with mental illness?

That’s great @gene. Do you like doing it?

to be exact I’m certificated but do not work as a peer specialist or in the mh field. I was one of a handful that was diagnosed with a mental disorder and took the internship to further my knowledge about sz and other dz. it was a great experience, it is sponsored by mhala (mental health America- Los Angeles).

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That’s cool @gene.

No, I’m full time, its tough making the hours but I’m hanging in there. You can work part time with disability though. Requirements are one year out of hospital, 2 week training and pass the test, although while working towards certification keeping with taking meds, counseling. groups and stuff. I make 12 an hour, not much but the only real job I’ve ever had!

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Do you enjoy it @glenngeeful? How long have you been doing it?

Yes I do I feel I belong there in a Crisis Unit, as I understand crisis and psychosis. I’ve been there only 3 years after starting out as a client. I worked my way up through the services.

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That’s great :slight_smile: I’m glad you’re doing something you enjoy

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