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Camp Hill Recognizes Certified Peer Specialists

Tags: Camp Hill
October 20, 2021 12:00 AM
By: DOC Staff

Two Camp Hill employees and a group of inmates watch an inmate speak to the group

SCI Camp Hill held a celebration for the 2021 Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) graduates.

A CPS is an individual with lived mental health experience who has been trained and certified in the state of Pennsylvania on how to assist others in recovery and wellness. A CPS performs a wide variety of tasks to assist individuals to regain control over their lives and their own recovery and wellness process.

The CPS certification class is a two-week program and was conducted by The Copeland Group at Camp Hill in Sept. 2021.

Peer specialists bring a unique perspective and set of experiences that help them form meaningful connections with the incarcerated population. Their work not only supports the psychology departments within a facility, but also provides them with valuable skills and a certification that can be used to help find meaningful employment upon release.

The celebration honored the 17 graduates from the 2021 class, as well as the ten CPS who graduated in 2020 but did not have a ceremony due to COVID-19.

The CPS program started at Camp Hill in 2012.

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