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CMHGR. 2.16.2017 Introduction to Youth Peer Support in Michigan

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Children's Mental Health Grand Rounds Training Series:

Introduction to Youth Peer Support in Michigan

with Kristina Dristy, BS

Children's Mental Health Grand Rounds will be available at 4 locations (3 via video-conference plus the live site.) Attendees will be able to share ideas, network, carpool and receive Continuing Education Credits.  Please read details and registration instructions below.

Date: February 16, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, to ensure parking arrive by 9:00 AM

Live site: The Guidance Center's Center For Excellence (Southgate)

Broadcast sites:

  1. The Children's Center (Detroit)
  2. Community Living Services (Wayne)
  3. Northeast Guidance Center's Wellness Academy (Detroit)

Cost: There is no cost to attend this training. 

HandoutsAs we continue our efforts to become more “green” we will be reducing printed handouts and moving towards distributing power points and resources electronically. For this and future Children's Mental Health Grand Rounds trainings, you will receive the handouts as an attachment in your final confirmation e-mails, which are sent several days prior to the training. Print copies of handouts WILL NOT be provided by DWMHA for this training.

Suggested Participants: Professionals who work in Community Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, Juvenile Justice and Substance Abuse systems with children, adolescents and their families in Wayne County, including advocates, case managers, child mental health professionals (psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and supports coordinators), direct care workers, family advocates, family members, licensed professional counselors, nurses, occupational therapists, parents and peer support specialists.
Professional staff within our Community Partners who interact with children, adolescents and their families, who are part of the Community Mental Health System, including Department of Human Services; Hospitals; Law Enforcement; School Personnel, including Detroit Public Schools; and other Social Service Organizations.

Training Description: Youth Peer Support is a new Medicaid service designed to support youth involved in the PIHP/CMHSP system with a serious emotional disturbance in Michigan. This peer delivered service is provided by trained Youth Peer Support Specialists who must have lived experience navigating behavioral health systems. The goals of YPS include supporting youth empowerment, assisting youth in developing skills to improve their overall functioning and quality of life, and working collaboratively with others involved in delivering the youth’s care. The Youth Peer Support Specialist role will be identified and the benefits of adding Youth Peer Support will be shared and discussed. Interactive discussion and hands on exercises will be utilized throughout the presentation.  Examples of YPS in communities will be shared.   

Learning Objectives:

1 . Identify the Youth Peer Support Medicaid Service
2.  Define the role of the Youth Peer Support Specialist
3.  Learn about the benefits of Youth Peer Support in Michigan
4.  Identify how to bring this service to your community
5.  Describe the positive impact that youth with lived experience are making on our public mental health system


About the Speaker: Kristina Dristy is the Statewide Youth Peer Support Coordinator at the Association for Children's Mental Health (ACMH) Kalamazoo, Michigan. She is a dedicated professional with over 5 years experience in program coordination. Passionate about empowering others and contributing to positive, strengths-based work environments. Experienced in project leadership, mental health advocacy and youth engagement.

Continuing Education Credits: 2.0 Continuing Education Credits are offered for this training.  Participants must arrive on time and remain in the training for it's entirety.  You must have your license number when you check in.

  • Social Workers:  2.0 Continuing Education Credits are approved for this training. 
  • Counselors: 2.0 Continuing Education Credits are approved for this training. The VCE is a National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP is solely responsible for all aspects of the program.
  • Substance Abuse Professionals: 2.0 Non-Specific Continuing Education Credits are approved by MCBAP for substance use professionals, such as Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) and Certified Advanced Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CAADC).
  • Children's Mental Health Professionals (CMHP): These training hours meet the MDCH training requirement for CMHP staff.
  • Qualifies Mental Health Professionals (QMHP): These training hours meet the MDCH training requirement for QMHP staff.
  • Medical Professionals: The Wayne State University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide Continuing Medical Education for physicians. 

The Wayne State University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration/Walk In Policy: Participants may attempt to attend the training as a walk-in (someone that did not pre-register). However, walk-ins will NOT be guaranteed seats or materials. Walk-ins will be asked to wait until the training begins in order to receive training materials and be seated to ensure there is enough room. Plan to pre-register to ensure your attendance.

You will receive a confirmation of your registration via e-mail. If you do not, please contact DWMHA at 313-451-3792

ADA Accomodations: If you have individual requirements or need special services to participate in this event, please notify Crystal Palmer at 313-344-9099 ext. 0699 or  Please make arrangements at least two weeks before the training.
Questions? If you have technical questions regarding the onine registration process, contact the DWMHA Help Desk at 313-451-3792
If you have questions regarding this training, please contact Crystal Palmer at 313-344-9099 ext. 0699 or


#    Location    Details    Availability                

1  The Guidance Center
13101 Allen Rd., Building #2 | Southgate, MI 48195
   This location will have the presenter LIVE.    Registration Closed
2  The Children's Center
79 W. Alexandrine | Detroit, MI 48201
   Please allow sufficient time for parking at this location.    Registration Closed
3  Community Living Services
35425 Michigan Ave. W. | Wayne, MI 48184
   This location is in the Metro Park Center by Pizza Hut.    Registration Closed
4  Lincoln Behavioral Services
9315 Telegraph Rd | Redford, MI 48239
   This location is in the Redford Plaza on the second floor.    Registration Closed
5  Northeast Guidance Center
2900 Conner Ave | Detroit, MI 48215
      Registration Closed

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