CPRS Conference Sessions Available Anytime

CPRS Conference Sessions Available Anytime

Thanks to everyone who made the 2021 edition of the annual CPRS Conference a huge success!  We’ve archived the amazing presentations from the conference for you to watch.  Access the archived presentations at this link on TN.gov.

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Tuesday, November 302:00pm ET/1:00pm CT

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Collaboration is an important skill to use in the workplace. This training will give participants an insight into the successful collaboration between the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and the Bridgehaven Center for Peer Excellence. At the end of this training, participants will have a better understanding of the strategies needed for a successful collaboration.

Learning Objectives

1.       Define the meaning of collaboration

2.       Understand the importance of collaboration to accomplish partnership and team goals

3.       Discuss seven skills for effective collaboration. 

Meet the Presenters

Cheryl Bogarty, MSW, has worked for the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities since 2005. She currently serves as the Program Administrator for Adult Peer Support Specialist-SMI and Mental Health and Aging Programs in the Division of Behavioral Health, Adult Mental Health and Recovery Services Branch. Previously, she worked for the Division of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities as a Health Program Administrator.

Andrea Jones, MAT, APSS, is the Bridgehaven Center for Peer Excellence Program Coordinator. Before becoming certified as a Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialist, she worked as a special education teacher and in various roles in business. She began supporting peers in 1999 as a member of the Louisville chapter of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She is an Advanced-Level WRAP Facilitator and a recipient of a 2021 KYSTARS Peer Excellence Award.  

Susan Klusman Turner, CPRP, APSS, is the Training Coordinator for the Bridgehaven Center for Peer Excellence. She has worked as a consumer advocate and mental health provider for over 26 years. Susan is a Certified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) and Adult Peer Support Specialist. She has made recovery her life’s work and is an example of what recovery can look like and the possibilities one can achieve.

Cherokee Health Systems is looking to hire a pair of Peer Wellness Coaches – one in Knoxville and one in Morristown. Learn more about this opportunity and apply at this link.

From the job description:

The Peer Wellness Coach is a person with lived experience of behavioral health issues or substance use issues.  Must be in successful recovery for at least 24 months.  Provides a designated set of wellness interventions and workshop to behavioral health patients who have concurrent primary care needs. Works in concert with BH and PC providers. Will work with patients to provide education and support that will assist patients in self-management of health and wellness.  Some travel required.  Bachelor’s degree required.

Peer Support
Empower Hour


Join TMHCA for a telephone support group hosted on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 1:00pm Central, 2:00 pm Eastern. 


To obtain the access code for the call, please contact Bruce Huffman
Email: bhuffman@tmhca-tn.org
Cell: 615-487-6129


 “Self-reflection is the school of wisdom.”


Community Supervision Peer Recovery Specialist - Blount


At the Helen Ross McNabb Center, our mission is “Improving the lives of the people we serve.”  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Community Supervision Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS). 


The Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) is responsible for encouraging treatment, providing positive social interactions, sharing story of recovery, and empowering clients. Assist, mentor, educate, peer counsel, model, coach, support, encourage clients on home visits, and follow-up services as defined by the Peer Recovery Specialist Plan.  Provides direct service delivery in the community within flexible hours, develops and implements appropriate recovery planning, provides crisis intervention and emergency services, interacts and coordinates with probation and other criminal justice agencies, as well as utilizes center-wide and community resources as needed for client benefit.  Embraces the key values of recovery: self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment.  This program will be housed within the Tennessee Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office in Blount County. This is a pilot program that embeds a PRS in the TDOC Office to provide peer recovery services to individuals on probation. 

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.


POSITION AVAILABLE: Peer Recovery Specialist – Recovery Navigator for Lawrence county, TN

START DATE: Immediate Full-time Position Available

 SALARY: $13 – $14 an hour

 The Peer Recovery Specialist position works with clients to Increase access to evidence based treatment and recovery support programs to individuals in emergency rooms.  Applicant will mentor individuals requiring assistance with substance abuse disorder.  This position will work in conjunction with the probation offices in Lawrence county, and act as a liaison between BVI and the courts.  Must be on call (when needed.. this is primarily a Mon – Fri position), work with Lawrence county and possibly nearby rural counties such as Lewis county, have knowledge of county resources, live in area, and have active CPRS certification.  


Applicant must have current CPRS,  one year experience working in Peer Recovery type services, but not required.  Applicants cannot be on active probation.  They need to have at least one year from the last date of active probation.  Minimum requirementsH.S. Diploma or GED & valid TN Drivers license with F-endorsement required for position.

Please send your resume and/or questions to Sherri Allen.   sherriallen@buffalovalley.org

Buffalo Valley is a Drug-Free Workplace and Equal Opportunity Employer.