National Survey for US Peer Support Specialists – Deadline June 26, 2015

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My last conversation with Dr. Allen Daniels was a good one. I had been having a shit fit about Question #2 which is a demographics one asking for M/F Gender. A few of my colleagues and I who care about GLBT, Gender, Genderqueerness and fairness started emailing Allen and posting on social media the descrepancies that we saw.

Allen called me shortly following. As it so happens, Question #2 was written to determine any descrepancies of wage between males and females. That made sense to me.

To date, this national survey has collected in excess of 1300. This is the largest collection and quick, survey to determine wages, salaries, benefits for the US Peer Workforce, largely comprised of the Certified Peer Specialist certification.

See my LinkedIn blog at: Expert Q & A with Dr. Nev Jones or Blogs on LinkedIn for my posts on the US Peer, Leadership Development, US Peer Services | Supports, and U US Peer Workforce initiatives and what work I’m doing currently.

The Daniels, Goodale, Harrington & Rosenthal (2015) national wage and salary survey for Peer Support Specialists is being conducted in collaboration with a number of consumer organizations including: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS); the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA); the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), and others.

The goal of this survey is to gather timely information that will help inform and support the Peer Support Specialist Workforce on issues related to wages and salaries. All individual responses provided will be confidential. Summary information will be open and available for distribution and use, and is intended for the promotion of improved compensation for Peer Support Specialists.

There are two versions of this survey – one can be completed by individuals who are employed as Peer Specialists and one for organizations who employ Peer Specialists.
The links for these surveys are:

Individual Peer Support Specialists:
Individual Peer Support Specialist Survey

Organizations who employ Peer Support Specialists:
Organizational Peer Support Specialist Survey

Please help distribute this announcement to anyone or any organizations who can complete this survey.

The deadline for completion is June 26, 2015. Your assistance is greatly appreciated, and any questions can be directed to Allen Daniels at: [email protected].

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