The PLC will be closing as of January 15, 2019

Dear Peer Leaders,

On behalf of DBSA we would like you to know how grateful we are for the work you do, and are honored that you have chosen to be a vital part of the DBSA Peer Leadership Center community.

After several years promoting the peer support workforce and serving as a conduit for peer specialist networking and continuing education, the DBSA Peer Leadership Center (PLC) will be closing as of January 15, 2019.

As an organization, there were several main factors that led to our decision:

  • Over the years, we’ve seen a significant decrease in PLC participation, both in terms of registrants and return visits to the site to access content;
  • There are a variety of other organizations that currently provide similar resources as the PLC; and
  • Over the past year, DBSA has been assessing all our programs and services to ensure they align with our short and long-term strategic imperatives. As part of our analysis, we will continue to participate in demonstration projects to evaluate and publish the impact that peer support specialists make related to health outcomes for individuals with mood disorders.

We will also continue to offer training and other resources to peer support specialists through our new website, set to launch in late March 2019. In the meantime, if you’re interested in learning more about DBSA peer specialist training and peer workforce resources, you can find information at www.DBSAlliance.org/Training.

We are also pleased to make you aware of a new and exciting National Peer Specialist Registry now available. The Registry was developed by our friends at the International Association of Peer Supporters (INAPS) under a subcontract with the Doors to Wellbeing Technical Assistance Center.  It can be accessed at http://nationalpeerspecialistregistry.com.

This registry will be a venue for peer specialists to display their skills, and network with one another, and with employers. The registry will be an important resource to advance the peer support workforce nationally. We at DBSA encourage each qualifying PLC member to consider registering and connecting with colleagues and employers there.

Again, we thank you for being a part of the DBSA Peer Leadership Center community. It has been an honor to learn and grow together! If you have any questions about the closure of the PLC, please contact Kevin Einbinder, Vice President, Communications and Programs at KEinbinder@DBSAlliance.org.

Sincerely,
Michael Pollock
DBSA Chief Executive Officer