GLOBAL PEER CELEBRATION DAY!
(Third Thursday in October)
"Building on the Shoulders of Giants"
Date: October 15th 2020 (Third Thursday in October)
Time : 11:30- 2pm
Topic: Sonoma County Peer Support Celebration
Time: Oct 15, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Sonoma County Peer Council
firstname.lastname@example.org (707) 763-3260 Office (707) 481-7965 mobile
Learn more about GPSCD by clicking on the following link at http://www.inaops.org/gpscd
Board of Supervisors have passed a "Gold Resolution " recognizing the third Thursday in October as Peer Support Celebration Day in Sonoma County
Draft Agenda October 15, 11: 30 am- 2:00PM
11:30 am Welcome
History of the peer advocacy movement in Sonoma County
11:35 am Peers tell their stories
12:30 pm SB 803 Peer certification update CAMHPRO
1:00 pm Peer Education and Training in Sonoma County
1:15 pm Agencies endorse peer supporters
1:45 BOS Gold resolution
o MHSA endorsement
o SCBH endorsement
1:55 pm Thank you and invitation to help plan 2021 event
The idea of a ‘national day’ for peer supporters began to take shape at the 2014 Annual International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. This day of celebration, recognition, and reflection began when, the then National Director of Peer Support Services with the Veteran’s Administration, Dan O’Brien-Mazza discussed his idea at a membership meeting. His idea sparked much enthusiasm from other iNAPS members.
We now have Global Peer Support Celebration Day (GPSCD), an annual celebration of peer supporters, peer support, and recognizing their work in helping their peers with mental health, addictions, and or trauma-related challenges move along the continuum of recovery and inclusion into communities of his/her choosing. This annual, worldwide event takes place annually on the third Thursday in October.
Whereas: Global Peer Supporter Celebration Day (GPSCD) occurs annually on the third Thursday in October peer workers (also known as peer providers) from across the globe reflect on and celebrate the important role he/she plays in helping those with mental health, addiction, and or traumatic challenges move along the continuum of recovery and inclusion into communities of his/her choosing; and
Whereas: Peer Supporters are trained providers who use his/her lived experience to encourage, engage with, and support others with mental health, addiction, and or trauma challenges, using the recovery model and the principals and values of peer support to provide hope, support, and be a role model of recovery; and
Whereas: The belief that recovery is possible for all who experience mental health, addiction, and or traumatic challenges is fundamental to the practice of peer support. Peer Supporters use the working definition of recovery, the Guiding Principals of Recovery, and Core Values to empower and assist their peers live a life of his or her choosing, improving the likelihood of long-term recovery; and
Whereas: Peer support is an emerging best-practice, has proven to be a cost-effective treatment for mental health, addiction, and traumatic challenges, reduces inpatient hospital days, recidivism rates, and increases a patient’s (also referred to as consumers) ability to access expensive and more restrictive community-based services; and
Whereas: This year’s Global Peer Support Celebration Day goal is to increase public awareness of peer supporters, the services they provide (or do not provide), how they are impacting the lives of countless adults, children, adolescents, and families within the health and human services industry, and how they are providing a shining example of recovery in the places where these services are delivered.
We would love to include an endorsement from you or your agency in our October 15 event program.
Please send a letter of endorsement with an approved agency logo to
Thank you for your support