NSRC Newsletter
February 2019

Thank you for taking the time to open up and read our North Sound Recovery Coalition newsletter. We hope you find this helpful and we look forward to any feedback to make this a better communication tool, so we can be more effective in promoting good, quality recovery.

“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” – Henry Ford

Peer Legislation: Recovery Coach Employment

Good news! Change is in the horizon for Recovery Coaches (those who have taken the CCAR class). According to SB5055, starting July, Recovery Coaches will be recognized and employed the same as Peer Support Specialists. The goal is to “increase the availability of peer services for persons with behavioral health disorders.” This means the state heath care authority is required to follow steps to incorporate Recovery Coaches into the behavioral health system working alongside Peer Support Specialists in Washington State.  

“ (1) Administer a peer counselor certification program to support the delivery of peer support services in the state; (2) Incorporate education and training for substance use disorder peers in the program; (3) Include reimbursement for peer support services by substance use disorder peers in its behavioral health capitation rates; (4) Allow for federal matching funds, consistent with the directive in chapter 299, Laws of 2018; (5) Approve entities to perform specialized peer training for certification; and (6) Cooperate with the department of health to complete the required sunrise review. Requires the department of health to conduct a sunrise review under chapter 18.120 RCW (criteria and regulation of health professions) to evaluate the need for creation of an advanced peer support specialist credential to provide a license to perform peer support services in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders, and forensic behavioral health.”

NSRC Speakers Bureau Available Now for Your Organization to Book

Exciting news! The NSRC now has a Speaker Bureau available and ready for your organization to book. The purpose of the Speakers Bureau is to start a conversation about recovery to help explain and show you what recovery looks like. Using shared life recovery videos, you will get the opportunity to hear someone tell their story and how recovery has changed their life. The NSRC message we want to share with our community is: 1) people DO recover, 2) there are many pathways to recovery, 3) people in recovery often learn profound lessons that are not visible, 4) recovery for substance abuse is similar to recovery from other illnesses and disorders, 5) addiction is a non-communicable disease, 6) recovery is on-going, not a singular event. If your organization would like to begin the conversation of recovery and learn more about the recovery process, please contact the NSRC to book a speaker today.

About the Health Care Authority (HCA)

The Washington State Health Care Authority (HCA) is committed to whole-person care, integrating physical health and behavioral health services for better results and healthier residents.

HCA purchases health care for more than two million Washington residents through Apple Health (Medicaid), the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) Program, and, beginning in 2020, the School Employees Benefits Board (SEBB) Program. As the largest health care purchaser in the state, we lead the effort to transform health care, helping ensure Washington residents have access to better health and better care at a lower cost.

Job Opening: Everett Recovery Café: Café Kitchen Manager

Is your passion to work in an environment that is all embracing and a safe place for individual to pursue healing and recovery together? The Everett Recovery Café is your place. They are looking for a Café Kitchen Manager who loves good food, making menus, running an efficient kitchen, and has restaurant skills. If this sound like your dream job, click here for all the details.

NSRC Monthly meeting

NSRC invites you to join us for our monthly coalition meeting. 

Feb 13, 2019 5:30-7:30 at the Reach Center 1413 E. College Way, Mt. Vernon

February topics will be: 

  • Increase our membership and our awareness in the community

  • Recap on the Speakers Bureau retreat

  • Goals for 2019 > all things recovery > ways to raise awareness about recovery And more...

If you want to be part of a growing movement in your community and the North Sound (Snohomish, Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan Island) and works under the umbrella of the Washington Recovery Alliance, please join us. 

We would love to meet you and help support your organization.

Advocacy Day: Feb 12 5:00 am to 7:30 pm

We all desire to see positive upward movement for change in the world of Recovery. Feb 12 you can be part of that change. The North Sound Recovery Coalition and the Washington Recovery Alliance invite you, your family and friends to join us and others from around the state to spend a day in Olympia to personally meet with and talk to your State Representative about Recovery. Your State Representative wants to meet you, wants to hear your story because your story does matter. Your presence and voice can change a vote from a nay to a yay. 2019 is going to be the year of Recovery, several House Bills are being presented by Representative Lauren Davis concerning: Recovery Housing, Recovery Coaching Services, Employment, Education, Recovery Services. The 56 passenger Bellair chartered bus leaves Burlington Haggens parking lot at 5:00 a.m. sharp (boarding at 4:45 am and meeting at the northeast parking lot). Breakfast/lunch/group pictures at the capital/meeting your representative all included for free. As of Jan 28, only 32 seats are available. We want this bus full, so we hope you join us for a fun filled exciting day advocating for recovery. Registration required. Click here to register.

Continuing education series for certified peer support counselors

Documentation for Certified Peer Counselors
Certified Peer Counselors must document their work, but that documentation must be done in a way that is consistent with their unique role. This workshop helps peer support workers understand requirements of Medicaid and the Washington Administrative Codes, focusing on the type of documentations most often required by CPCs. Expect a simple but thorough method, with lots of practice.

March 6 2019
Place: King County
Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Registration.    Click here



March 8 2019
Place: Snohomish County
Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Registration .   Click here

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Continuing education series for certified peer support counselors Wrap 2 (5 days)

Spend five days learning to become a WRAP Facilitator. This course is designed to help you become a powerful change agent as a WRAP Facilitator. You will gain a deeper understanding of the recovery process.

March 6 2019
Place: Skagit County
Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Registration .  Click here



March 8 2019
Place: Snohomish County
Time: 9am - 4:30pm

Registration .   Click here

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