The Washington Peer Advancement Coalition (WaPAC) seeks to advance, recognize, engage and integrate peer support in our places of residence, work environments, communities, and state. Beginning in 2017, WaPAC represents the nine regional services areas (RSA) as it assesses the peer support services and advocates for increasing the recovery-oriented peer services in all communities statewide. We meet annually as a statewide group and monthly as regional groups.
Happenings within WaPac:
Burien Meeting in September 2018
WaPAC gathered to discuss their participation in the goals of the Developing Peer Support Communities grant. Excitement grew for developing peer-run support groups in various locations.
WaPac’s Current Goals:
Identify effective assessment tools and best application of them.
Identify recovery supports needs in rural regions
Establish plans for putting the needs assessment in the field of rural RSA’s
Complete a minimum of two rural RSA needs assessments each year.
Develop and implement regional strategies for:
Informational campaigns for healthcare providers
Stigma reducing approaches for overcoming barriers to hiring consumers
Trauma-informed peer support
Supporting alternative peer-run recovery services
Providing peer-based trainings to meet recovery support service needs.