Bay Area Peer Professional Network
What is PROPEL?
With funding by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), PROPEL works to support, train and place individuals, both mental health consumers and family members who are seeking to be employed or volunteer as peer personnel in the Public Mental Health System (PMHS). We also assist employers in the California PMHS in recruiting and retaining consumer and family member staff through workforce integration.
As a consumer-run organization, we at MHASF know firsthand how important meaningful employment is to mental health recovery. With 75% of our staff identifying as consumers and/or family members, we are a highly committed group of people who believe in the mission, vision, and values of the Mental Health Services Act (MHSA).
Growth & Expansion
PROPEL has been a driving force in promoting meaningful employment and support for peers in the community. Below are some of the achievements PROPEL has made during the 2016-2017 fiscal year:
32 Trainings and Presentations with 194 Participants
76 Peers Completed Individualized Career Plans
175 Peers Enrolled in PROPEL
Become a new Mentor or Mentee
Become a National Certified Peer Specialist
What is the National Certified Peer Specialist Certification?
(*from Mental Health America)
The MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (MHA NCPS) certification recognizes peers with the lived experience, training, and job experience to create a career in peer support. The certification is designed to exceed the standards used in public behavioral health around the country. A major purpose of the certification is to meet the needs of private health insurers and private practitioners.
Expansion of peer support into the private sector will open up new career paths and opportunities, which have been previously unexplored, for thousands of peer supporters. It is not designed to replace current certifications and trainings but to build upon and enhance current programs. This means adding additional competencies to ensure peers are able to meet the demands of a changing workforce and increasing opportunities.
The private health sector offers a wide array of work opportunities for qualified peer support workers including:
• Working in private practice alongside psychiatrists, psychologists, and licensed mental health therapists
• Working in primary care, emergency departments, and inpatient settings
• Working as members of Whole Health Care Teams
• Working in supervisory roles.