Peer Workforce News and Updates

Introducing the Peer Workforce Alliance/ The Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative changes it’s name.

This is a time of great change and transition for the Collaborative, including an exciting name change to better reflect the work we do and our unique role in the behavioral health field. We are rebuilding our website to better reflect our mission, vision, and core values, and to unveil our new name, the Peer Workforce Alliance. We will continue to operate in partnership with the WSU College of Nursing, with Linda Eddy as the Principle Investigator for the project, and our focus will shift entirely to peer workforce development.

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Third Annual Peer Pathways Conference was a success (and we are already working to make the 2019 conference the best yet)!

The 2018 Peer Pathways Conference was an amazing success. The event was held at the beautiful SeaTac Marriott last week, August 28th and 29th. This two day continuing education conference is specifically designed for working certified peer counselors. This was the 3rd annual conference and it surpassed the previous years in both quantity and quality. We provided 36 workshops for almost 350 peer professionals- that is 100 more peers than the previous year! Workshops included: housing and employment services, the power of peer services, system transformation, youth peer leadership, substance use peer services and Wellness Recovery Action Plans (WRAP) - just to name a few. Peers were able to learn, increase their professional toolboxes, share resources and network with other peers.

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Farewell, but not Goodbye. A letter from Our Executive Director, Haley Lowe

After almost two exceptional years as Executive Director of the Behavioral Health Workforce Collaborative, my position will come to an end effective October 31, 2018. The ED position was almost fully funded by the contract to support the rollout of Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) and the Collaborative completed this work on July 31, 2018. Without reservation, I have genuinely valued my time working with the Collaborative staff, the Steering Committee, the WSU Vancouver team, and many amazing contract trainers and interns. I am a stronger leader because of the growth and work we accomplished as a team. During this time of transition, Stephanie Lane will take the lead as the Director of the newly named Peer Workforce Alliance. Stephanie, along with Patrick Maloy, our Operations Manager, make an incredible duo, capable of continuing the vision to promote peer workforce development across the state. With great enthusiasm, a strong work ethic and many years of experience working in behavioral health, Stephanie and Patrick will help ensure that the organization continues to meet the growing need for peer workforce development and training.

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Welcome to the Peer Workforce Alliance Blog

We hope that this blog can serve as a resource for you on emerging peer workforce trends, important legislation, success stories from around Washington State, and updates on our trainings and supports. We will also invite peers from around the state to share their expertise and perspective on peer workforce development.

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