Healthy Minds Cooperative will oversee the advancement of the Department of Health & Wellness’ Nova Scotia Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. The Department of Health and Wellness is committed to improving the mental health and wellness of all Nova Scotians. They listened to the people of Nova Scotia and developed the first ever mental health and addictions strategy for our province. To view the strategy, “Together We Can”, go http://novascotia.ca/health/mhs/mental-health-addiction-strategy.asp Thanks to their vision and support the reality of individuals having access to peer support will expand and become a reality across our province
Nova Scotia has become the only province in Canada introducing a province-wide Certified Peer Support Specialist Program. This program will offer peer support to people transitioning from hospital back into their communities as well as to people requiring additional support as they pursue their recovery through mental health services in the community. The province developed a curriculum to ensure all peer support specialists are trained, and through Peer Support Accreditation Certification Canada, Nova Scotia Peer Support Worker will also be certified. Lead by the Peer Mentor, peer support specialist training began in June 2013, with an additional session to take place in the fall of 2013. The equivalent of 14 full time peer support positions will be funded by the province through Healthy Minds Cooperative. In the fall, hiring of the peer support specialists will begin, with an effort to identify peer support specialists for diverse populations such as; youth, First Nations, African Nova Scotians, LGBTI community and Acadian/Francophone Nova Scotians.
For additional information on the Nova Scotia Certified Peer Support Specialist Program email firstname.lastname@example.org.