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About Peer Networks

Statewide Peer Support Network:

Peer Support Coalition of Florida, Inc. (PSCFL) is the statewide peer network dedicated to advancing peer support in Florida. If you think of Florida as a bicycle wheel, PSCFL is the hub at the center of the wheel. When you think of Florida however, given the size and variations in the areas that span out from the hub, we need a way to reach the rim areas with the same level of service and support that is available close to the hub. The vehicles we chose to travel from the hub to the rim of our bicycle wheel, are networks both regional and local.

Why are Regional and Local Networks Important?

  • Networks provide leadership opportunities for peers
  • Networks provide a sense of belonging for peers
  • Networks foster meaningful relationships between peers and within recovery communities
  • Networks expose peers to different ways of thinking about recovery
  • Networks provide opportunities for finding shared interests with other peers
  • Networks give peers a safe place to commune
  • Networks give the opportunity to belong which may not otherwise exist

Benefits of Regional and Local Networks:

Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) Networking and Support:
Networks promote peer services as a career profession. Networks protect and advocate for the rights of peer professionals and connect peer professionals in their regions to the statewide and national peer network to build a statewide network of resources, support, and advocacy for peer specialists.

Identifying and Developing Future CRPS:
Networks promote the growth of peer services by sharing opportunities for peers to become certified. Networks promote recovery and hope through outreach events that provide information about the path to certification and overcoming barriers to certification.  

Advocating for Peers: 
Networks promote recovery for all and advocate for improved awareness, education, and support for mental health and addiction issues. Networks advocate for public policies and strategies that support those in need of care through the model of recovery-oriented systems of care. Networks become an important voice within the region for services and supports getting the message out locally and statewide.

Training Opportunities:
Networks actively seek opportunities to develop peers by providing access to skill building and educational trainings. Where possible networks promote peer members to use their facilitation skills by offering community workshops, support groups, and other learning activities.

Networks host events that promote wellness and self-care, including nature walks, arts & crafts, and social get-togethers.

Community Organization Incubators:
Networks by their very nature gain a wealth of knowledge on overlaps and gaps in community services and become experts on their regions. Networks are logical incubators for ideas that fill the gaps in services. Networks have successfully launched peer-led, Recovery Community Organizations from drop-in centers to respites and many supports of various types and structures.

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