Level II Background Screening Exemption Difficulties? Read More to See How You Can Help!

Good afternoon, PSCFL Members!

Are you a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist that has had difficulties obtaining employment because of your background? Well, today is your day to make a difference in the way Level II background screening is done for CRPS’s in Florida! Please take a moment to fill out this brief survey and share with as many people as you can to help us tell legislators the importance of passing SB 450. 

The Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA) is currently seeking input from individuals who have lived experiences with addiction or mental health regarding Level II background screening. Current law in Florida requires individuals seeking certification for peers, recovery residences, recovery residence administrators, or those employed by mental health or substance use disorder treatment programs to pass a Level II background screening or seek an exemption from his/her disqualifying offenses.

Over the years, the FBHA has heard from many of you on some of the difficulties in receiving an exemption from disqualification. However, we would like to catalogue specific data related to your experiences. All responses will remain confidential.

Thank you in advance for participating in this project. Please respond by January 5, 2018. For further questions, please contact Jill Gran (jill@myfbha.org). https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FBHABackgroundScreening.

Senate Bill (SB) 450 is legislation proposed by Senator Rene Garcia (R), who chairs the Children, Families, and Elder Affairs committee. Senator Garcia strongly believes in the power of peer support and expanding the peer specialist workforce in Florida by introducing this legislation that will help to eliminate current disqualifying offenses in the Level II background screening process, as to eliminate barriers CRPS’s with backgrounds currently face. Read more about SB 450 and stay up to date as it moves through Congress here. Below, you can download SB 450 in its entirety. 

As your statewide peer network, we are here to advocate for you! Please help us to make SB 450 the legislation that recognizes the value and importance of the work Peer Specialists do. Let us know how we can continue to push and support SB 450 as it moves through the legislative session. 


We hope everyone had a nice holiday season and wishing you a Happy New Year! 2018 is looking to be a great year for our peers and so grateful to have you all apart of it!

-Cameron Wood

Peer Support Coaltion of Florida, Inc.
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