***To register for Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) Facilitator Training, please click here.
***To register for Mental Health Recovery and WRAP Facilitation Training, please click here.
Connecting Leadership, Education, Advocacy and Recovery (CLEAR) is the implementation of a contract NAMI Collier was awarded by DCF on January 1, 2013.
The CLEAR Program with NAMI of Collier County is a grant program through the State of Florida, which is monitored by the Florida Department of Children and Families. CLEAR stands for “Connecting Leadership Education Advocacy and Recovery.” Our mission is to help shift the behavioral health system to one that does more than embrace recovery as a concept. The system of care must put that belief of recovery into action by partnering with individuals and families in recovery. The CLEAR Program consists of statewide training programs, a statewide, peer-run WarmLine, and the Born Drug-Free Line. The goal of the CLEAR Program is to enhance the skills of peers to make them more marketable in the workforce, in addition to, offering support through peers to those needing an understanding ear to listen.
The CLEAR Program trainings are offered in central locations that are easily accessible to peers from around the state of Florida. Each year, the managing entities and the Department of Children and Families discuss what trainings would be most beneficial to the state and contract with the CLEAR Program to provide them. Led by the experts in each subject, these trainings offer the opportunity for peers to add unique skills and certifications to their resume, which helps them to be hired by more and more mental health agencies to offer peer support. The CLEAR Program also hosts an annual Master Peer Conference to engage and train up to 200 peers in interesting and practical topics and information. We are paving the way for peers to be leaders in their own recovery, while helping others who are less experienced in managing their mental health.
The CLEAR Program provides a statewide WarmLine that is staffed by Certified Recovery Peer Specialists. The WarmLine offers the opportunity for anyone who needs or wants to speak with an understanding and empathetic person who has been through the mental health system and now is experiencing wellness and recovery. The WarmLine can be used as a resource, for support, to help cope with a difficult situation, or just to talk about something that someone is experiencing. The WarmLine is not intended or set up to help with crisis or suicidal callers. The line has live operators from 4pm – 10pm. All calls received during non-live hours will be directed to a voicemail system that is closely monitored and all calls will be returned during the next live shift. As of January 1, 2015, the WarmLine merged with the Born Drug-Free Line, which is an initiative by the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Office of the Attorney General and the Florida Department of Health to raise awareness about babies being born exposed to prescription drugs. The campaign educated expectant mothers about the importance of discussing prescription drug abuse with their doctors and to offer assistance to the women. Callers are provided education, referrals to treatment, and a peer to speak with during a difficult period in their life.
CLEAR is a team-oriented program that runs efficiently using technology and employing enthusiastic, intelligent, and caring individuals. We aim to satisfy our contractual obligations to the State of Florida and DCF, but also exist to offer peer support to people who need the compassion of someone who knows how challenging the mental health system can be to navigate. The benefit of CLEAR being under the umbrella of NAMI of Collier County is that our employees are treated with the respect, dignity, and support that NAMI believes in bringing to everyone’s life. We have high standards because that is what each of us would want for our loved ones and ourselves.