COMMUNITY OUTREACH PEER EDUCATION (COPE) was developed based on the premise that, as with any health diagnosis, support is often sought out by others that have the same diagnosis. Helping people in crisis to immediately feel they are not alone, establishing a sense of companionship, camaraderie and support that often significantly assists in their recovery process.

Peer support is also an evidence-based practice that is considered by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to be one of ten guiding principles of recovery.  Statewide Florida Certified Recovery Peer Specialists receive comprehensive training through the Florida CLEAR program, which is monitored by the Florida Department of Children and Families.

As a CLEAR program grantee, NAMI CC employs a team of peer specialists throughout our programming. Our COPE team specifically provides outreach services to individuals with serious mental illnesses throughout our community, teaching coping skills, and helping peers to advocate and access the services and supports that will help them attain their individual recovery goals. Our team also provides assistance to our Community Program Partners, offering customized mental health educational presentations, employee training services and specialized recovery support services. For more information, please contact Cindy at 239-963-5708.

Click Here if you are interested in becoming a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist.