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22 Inmates Complete CPS Training at Camp Hill

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March 26, 2020 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

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In an effort to enhance mental health support services available to the inmate population, SCI Camp Hill is expanding its Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) program.

With their Unit Team's recommendation and institutional approval, 22 inmate candidates participated in mandatory two-week, 75-hour training held Feb. 24-28, and March 9-13, which allows successful completers to apply for CPS examination through the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB). The CPS applicant examination is developed from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Core Competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health.

The certification process will afford all successful participants the opportunity to become a recognized CPS by the PCB and provide for potential employment in a peer setting after release from a state correctional facility. Currently, SCI Camp Hill has 22 certified CPS who provide individual and group support to inmates in both the General Population, as well as the Diagnostic and Classification Center. CPS are also regularly assigned to areas such as the Special Observation and Assessment Unit (SOAU), Psych Observation Cells (POC), Diversionary Treatment Unit (DTU) and Restricted Housing Unit (RHU).


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