Ready4Reentry Forensic Peer Mentor Training Program
In 2018, the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network applied for and received a Statewide Consumer Network Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to develop a Georgia-specific Forensic Peer Mentoring Training Program, which will allow Georgia to expand the success in reducing recidivism. This three-year project is currently underway. In March 2019, GMHCN concluded a series of six listening sessions across the state, where we heard from Georgia's communities about what they need to improve the lives of our justice-involved citizens, including those who are returning to their communities from correctional facilities. One listening session was held in each of the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities six regions. Based on what was learned on those sessions, a curriculum for a Forensic Peer Mentor Training has been developed, and and the Ready 4 Re-Entry training is creating opportunities for those involved with the criminal justice system to use their lived experience to support others with behavioral health concerns to live full, rewarding, and producitve lives.
Learn more about the important role Forensic Peer Mentors play in Georgia's communities here.
For more information or to get involved, please contact the Forensic Peer Mentor Training Development Project director, Lindsey Sizemore, at firstname.lastname@example.org