What is a VolunPeer?
A VolunPeer is a peer who volunteers. As a new Certified Peer Recovery Specialist or trying to become one, there are peer-to-peer contact hours (75 initially) that need to be performed. Across the state the following agencies have agreed to let those who need such hours volunteer their time under approved supervision to obtain the required hours. These agencies have approved supervisors who can provide the guidance and supervision you need as someone working towards their Peer Recovery Specialist Certification in Tennessee. For the supervision requirement click here
Outreach, Housing & Community, Inc
Contact Person: Farrah Jones
Supervisor: Chere Bradshaw, LMSW (Fall 2014)
Supervisor: June Averyt, LMSW, PhD, CPRP (Spring 2015 and on)
Partnering with Outreach Workers
Teaching & Working with Clients at the Midtown Community Group,
Hours of Operation:
Monday – Friday: 9:00am -5:00pm (as preplanned with staff)
Tuesday and Thursday Afternoons: 1:00pm-4:00pm- Midtown Community Group
Wednesday Morning: 9:30pm-11:00pm – Community Walk at the Wellness Center on Union
Phone: (901) 725-9005
All volunteers are required to go through orientation.
Those interested in volunteering should call during regular business hours: Monday -Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
Memphis Crisis Center
Contact Person: Mike Labonte
Supervisor: Mike Labonte, MA
Task: Phone Operator for crisis/warm line
Hours of Operation:
Phone: (901) 448-2802
All volunteers are required to go through training and make a minimum commitment of one year.
Our crisis line is 24/7 service. However, those interested in volunteering should call during regular business hours: M-Th 9:00am-5:30pm.
Contact Person: Bartholomew Allen
Supervisor: Bartholomew Allen, Director of Recovery
6590 Kirby Center Cove, Suite 103
Memphis, TN 38115
Phone: (901) 334-3200
Fax: (901) 334-3213
TN Association of Alcohol, Drug & other Addiction Services (TAADAS)
Contact Person: Laura Durham
Supervisor: Mary Linden Salter
Task: Phone Operator for Redline Resource & Helpline
Phone: (615) 780-5901 ext. 11
Contact Person: Brenda Stacey-Scott
Supervisor: Jeff Fladen
Task: Phone Operator for Helpline/ Warmline
Phone: (615) 306-7092
Centerstone - Nashville, TN
ReConnect Peer Support believes that a volunteer opportunity is an important part of career preparation. This opportunity will assist the volunteer to gain the experience and skills required to become certified by the Tennessee Certified Peer Specialist Program. The volunteer experience is available for those who desire achieving a certificate, while performing those duties within those specific guidelines. Such an opportunity may also help the individual to determine the skill level needed to be successful while strengthening a future resume with important growth and experience opportunities. Volunteers are accepted based on the ability of the Peer Center to provide needed over sight and the qualification of the applicant. Acceptance, participation and completion in the volunteer opportunity does not guarantee any future full or part time employment with Centerstone.
Requirements for Volunteer
Meet the basic requirements to become a certified peer specialist as defined by the Tennessee Certified Recovery Specialist Program:
1.Be at least age eighteen (18) years of age or older.
2.Hold a high school diploma or GED.
3.Have a primary diagnosis of mental illness or co-occurring disorder.
4.Self-identify as a person who has received or is receiving mental health or co-occurring services as part of his or her personal recovery process.
5.Have demonstrated a minimum of twelve consecutive months in self-directed recovery in the last two years. Self-directed recovery includes experience in leadership, advocacy and peer support.
6. Provide documentation of successful completion of the Certified Peer Specialist Training.
7.Volunteers must commit to provide a minimum of 75 hours of their time and the experience will be no less than 75 hours and no greater than 100 hours.
8.The volunteer hours will occur for no less than 2 months and no greater than 6 months.