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Title: Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Program (COAPS)


1
Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist Program
(COAPS)
  • A Pennsylvania and New Jersey Collaboration
  • 2012

2
Project Goal
  • The goal of the joint New Jersey and Pennsylvania
    initiative is to prepare a peer workforce to
    meet the health and wellness needs of older
    adults who encounter behavioral health disorders.
     This project focuses on strengthening the
    capacity of the workforce to meet the health and
    wellness needs of people with serious mental
    illness who are aging, but whose health needs are
    often neglected.

3
What is a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)?
  • A Certified Peer Support Specialist is a person
    who has progressed in their own recovery from a
    behavioral health disorder and has graduated from
    an OMHSAS approved 75 hour CPS training.

4
Development of Peer Support Services
  • 2004 Three-year grant to implement Peer
    Specialist Initiative
  • 2005 A Call for Change
  • 2006 first class of OMHSAS Certified Peer
    Specialists graduates
  • 2007 Medicaid funding for Peer Support Services
  • PA Peer Support Services Bulletin
  • PA Peer Support Coalition created
  • 2008 CPS added as Civil Service classification
  • 2009 Telephone added as a billable service

5
What is a Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist
(COAPS)?
  • A Certified Older Adult Peer Specialist is a CPS
    who has completed an OMHSAS approved three day
    training program on Working with older Adults
    with Behavioral Health Disorders.

6
Why Develop An Older Adult Peer Initiative?
  • Older adults are less likely to seek treatment
    from mental health professionals due to stigma
    and isolation. (Byrne, 2000 Bratter
    Freeman, 1990)
  • Services provided in non-traditional settings by
    peers is an effective alternative to engage older
    adults
  • Older Adult Advisory Committee recommendations

7
Older Adult Certified Peer Specialists How Can
this Unique Service Benefit Older Adults?
  • Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) provide hope,
    empowerment, choices and opportunities that
    promote mental health recovery in a supportive
    environment through shared experiences.

8
What do COAPS do?
  • COAPS support older adults with behavioral health
    issues in various ways including crisis support,
    development of community roles and natural
    supports, individual advocacy, self help, self
    improvement, as well as developing, maintaining
    and improving positive social supports and
    networks.

9
How are COAPS funded ?
  • COAPS services are reimbursed through Medicaid,
    county funding and civil service.

10
Where do COAPS work?
  • COAPS work in a wide range of settings peer
    support services, state hospitals, psychiatric
    rehabilitation centers, case management, ACT
    teams, drop-in centers, consumer run
    organizations, residential settings and senior
    centers.

11
Development and Implementation of Peer Support
Services for Older Adults
  • Transformation Transfer Initiative Grant Phase
    l-2008
  • Partnered with University of Pennsylvania, PA
    Department of Aging, PA Office of Vocational
    Rehabilitation and Statewide stakeholder group
  • Developed three day COAPS Curriculum
  • Developed application process
  • Trained 20 COAPS Statewide

12
Development and Implementation of Peer Support
Services for Older Adults
  • TTI Grant Phase ll-2011
  • OA Train the Trainer
  • 10 individuals trained as trainers including two
    trainers from NJ
  • Two training vendors (MHASP, BHAC)
  • Each vendor is contracted to deliver two COAPS
    trainings annually

13
Development and Implementation of Peer Support
Services for Older Adults
  • TTI Grant Phase lll-2012
  • Class of 20 COAPS will be trained in Wellness
    Curriculum developed by UMDNJ
  • Internships will be created in aging, mental
    health and community health programs

14
2012 COAPS PA Outcomes
  • Peer specialists will be trained in the wellness
    coaching curriculum.
  • Internships will be created that will serve
    mental health, aging and community health
    programs.
  • Peers will complete internships in community
    programs.
  • A coaching/mentoring program will be developed
    for the cross-trained peers.

15
2012 COAPS NJ Outcomes
  • Peer specialists will be trained in the aging and
    mental health curriculum.
  • Internships will be created that will serve
    residential health care facilities and other
    congregate settings.
  • A coaching/mentoring program will be developed
    for the cross-trained peers.
  • A Conference/summit on aging and wellness
    coaching will be held.

16
2012 Shared Outcomes NJ and PA
  • Wellness coaching service will improve both a)
    social connectedness as measured by the OARS and
    b) health-related Quality of Life as measured by
    the standard 4-item set of Healthy Days core
    questions (CDC HRQOL 4).
  • The peer provider workforce will be strengthened
    by creating and testing a new role for peer
    providers offering wellness support for older
    adults.
  • Individuals in community settings will receive
    training on older adults, mental health, and
    wellness.

17
Next Steps
  • Expand COAPS workforce beyond Medicaid Funded
    peer supports
  • Coordinate Peer Support Services with other
    health and social services
  • Survey CPS providers and recipients of service

18
Collaborating Agencies
  • PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
    Services
  • University of Pennsylvania, Center for Mental
    Health Policy and Services Research
  • Mental Health Association of SouthEastern PA
  • PA Behavioral Health and Aging Coalition
  • Horizon House, Inc., Philadelphia
  • NJ Division of Mental health and Addiction
    Services, Department of Human Services
  • Department of Psychiatric Rehabilitation and
    Counseling Professions
  • Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
  • Collaborative Support Programs of New Jersey

19
References
  • Byrne, 2000
  • Bratter and Feeman, 1990

20
Resources
  • WWW.parecovery.org
  • Click on State Initiatives, then peer specialist
    services
  • www.papeersupportcoalition.org
  • www.mhrecovery.org
  • www.olderpa.org

21
Contact Information
  • Cynthia Zubritsky, PhD
  • cdz_at_mail.med.upenn.edu
  • University of Pennsylvania, Center for Mental
    Health Policy and Services Research
  • Ginny Mastrine
  • VMastrine_at_state.pa.us
  • PA Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse
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