The GA Collaborative provides field-based field Peer Support Specialists to empower individuals served by the program to define and pursue their own recoveries, connect them with community-based resources and work collaboratively with the individual’s clinicians.
Peer Support Specialists: Certified Peer Specialists are individuals that through training, are certified in Georgia as having “lived experience” of a mental health and/or substance abuse challenge. This allows the CPS to connect with others showing by example that long-term sustained recovery is attainable. CPS’s support other individuals with a behavioral health challenge by promoting hope, recovery, personal responsibility, education, and self-advocacy. The CPS assists their peers in skill building, goal setting, problem-solving, and in helping them build their own self-directed recovery tools, including WRAP.
In addition, the GA Collaborative employs Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) and Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialists (CARES), to provide telephonic support to individuals who call the crisis response line. They will also make follow-up calls to those individuals who do not require a mobile crisis response to ensure the individual is stabilized and the appropriate linkage is provided. We may send our CPS’ to the emergency department to meet with the individual and provide support during a crisis.