Peer Justice Initiative
1) establish a NC “Forensic Peer Support” (FPS) credential
2) utilize nationally recognized FPS training to build the NC FPS workforce, 3) impact criminal justice reform efforts, and 4) advocate for FPS integrated into diversion, re-entry, and jail/prison efforts.
Among the priority areas of PJI is to establish a NC Forensic Peer Support credential. A national FPS training,
developed by the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumer Association (PMHCA), Drexel University, PA Mental Health and Justice Center of Excellence, and PA Department of Corrections, was funded and endorsed by SAMHSA. This resulted in a 3-day training and national FPS credential. Each state develops their own requirements for a state recognized credential and PVNC and PJI are intending to guide the development of the credentialing requirements for NC. Overall, PJI has been intentionally organized to: