August 14, 2020

TRIPLE P Accredited

 

CHEEERS is very proud to have 3 accredited trainers in Triple P (Positive Parenting Program).  

Roy Monroe, Carlie Shillet – Mooney  and Jessica Bolland have completed the competency-based accreditation process and have demonstrated proficiency in delivering Triple P. The accreditation process is quite involved and designed to ensure trainers will deliver the program  competently and successfully within the community.  Roy, Carlie and Jessica have passed the competency exam to achieve their accreditation ! Congratulations.

Roy and Carlie provide the Positive Parenting Program to inmates at Perryville and Lewis Prison as a part of CHEEERS TIP programming .  

Jessica will focus on services offered in the community to CHEEERS members and those who are in transitioning back into the community following incarceration.

More about Triple P

Triple P Positive Parenting Program is one of the most effective evidence-based parenting programs in the world, backed up by more than 35 years of ongoing research. Triple P gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them build strong, healthy relationships, confidently manage their children’s behavior and prevent problems developing. Triple P is currently used in more than 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many kinds of family structures.

Congratulations to each of  you ! 

March 20, 2020

COVID-19 Internet Access

Important information to help you stay connected! 

Information about Internet Services and Access
The Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cutoff service for lack of payment, and open hot-spots for increased accessibility to the internet. Visit docs.fcc.gov/public/attachments/DOC-363033A1 for information.
Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign-up and leverage these services.

Cox Communications Response: Cox Communications offers a range of services and packages for the next 60 days (for ex, free access to over 650,000 Wi-Fi hot spots; residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet and Connect2Compete packages will be automatically upgraded to speeds of 50 Mbps). Visit www.cox.com/residential/internet/learn/cox-hotspots.

Comcast COVID-19 Response: Comcast offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot-spots are free to the public during this time. Visit corporate.comcast.com/covid-19.


AT&T COVID-19 Response: At&T offers open hot-spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families. Visit https://about.att.com/pages/COVID-19.html

Verizon COVID-19 Response: There are no special offers, but Verizon is following the FCC agreement. Visit www.verizon.com/about/news/our-response-coronavirus.

Sprint COVID-19 Response: Sprint is following the FCC agreement and will provide unlimited data to existing customers. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Sprint will allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Visit newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.

T-Mobile COVID-19 Response: T-Mobile is following the FCC agreement and providing unlimited data to existing customers. It will soon allow all handsets to enable hot-spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Visit www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response.

January 31, 2020

CHEEERS receives SAMHSA Grant to train Peers as Doulas

CHEEERS offers unique training opportunity to Arizona credentialed Peer Supports.
Under a unique and innovative program CHEEERS Recovery Center has received funding though SAMHSA’s Building Communities of Recovery Grants to provide credentialed Peer/ Recovery Supports who currently or plan to work with pregnant women with substance use disorders specialized training to become a certified Doula.

What’s a Doula?
A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother's partner and family. 

Why?
CHEEERS believes that Peer Support is part of the solution to address Arizona’s Opiate and Substance Use Epidemic. Integrated Health addressing the whole person, providing support for pregnancy and recovery; it’s a win win! 

  • Consider that in the date range of June15, 2017 – November 21, 2018, Arizona reported 1450 babies with Neonatal Abstinence Disorder, and estimated that only 51% of women with Opiate Addiction are receiving the recommended treatment while pregnant. 
  • We know that pregnant women often do not seek services and support due to fear, judgment and shame and we know that Peer Support can help.  Receiving proper treatment, care and support is critical in the woman’s health and in the health of her baby. 
  • Providing Arizona’s peer supports with doula training will better prepare the workforce to assist pregnant women through the prenatal care, birth and post-partum phases while supporting the unique issues relating to recovery and substance use.  
  • Continuous support during pregnancy and birth from a person outside the mother's family or social circle, is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the mother and the baby, shorter labor time,  and a lower need for medical interventions and can reduce a mothers' negative feelings about their childbirth experience.
  •  Our trained Peers as Doulas will be better equipped and qualified to assist with not only the recovery aspects of the women’s journey, but also the birthing process and how to support healthy pregnancy and outcomes for both the mother and infant.

 How 
This unique opportunity will provide Arizona’s Peer Recovery Specialists with training to include testing and certification costs to become a doula and  work with Pregnant, Post- Partum women (and their families) who have substance use and mental health disorders. 

The initial Doula Training will be provided in a 2 day class in Maricopa County as well as in Northern and Southern Arizona.  Becoming a certified doula requires additional classes, providing continuous in labor support for 3 births and references from 2 mothers and the medical practitioners.  CHEEERS has contracted with trainers and will assist Peers in receiving required trainings and working through the process. All fees associated with materials and classes will be covered under the grant.  To learn more about the Certification process visit www.dona.org/become-a-doula/

Training Schedule:
February:  Thursday 2/20 & Friday 2/21, 2020 
Phoenix, At CHEEERS RECOVERY CENTER 
 Must be present both days 8:30 to 5:30 pm 

May:  Thursday 5/7 & Friday 5/8 , 2020
in Tucson
LOCATION TBD,
Must be present both days 

September:  Thursday 9/10 & Friday 9/11, 2020 
Location TBD
must be present both days 





Eligibility
To be eligible, individuals must be credentialed peer supports in Arizona, or be a person with lived experience in recovery from substance use disorder, who is willing to become credentialed as a Peer and complete the Doula Certification as well.  CHEEERS will offer both trainings under the program.  Class sizes are limited to 10-12 individuals.

Please contact Lisa Zaran , Project Coordinator for Building Communities of Recovery Grant at 602-246-7607 ext. 2130   for more information and to register for the trainings.

December 27, 2018

CHEEERS receives SAMHSA Grant to train Peers as Doulas


CHEEERS offers unique training opportunity to Arizona credentialed Peer Supports.
Under a unique and innovative program CHEEERS Recovery Center has received funding though SAMHSA’s Building Communities of Recovery Grants to provide credentialed Peer/ Recovery Supports who currently or plan to work with pregnant women with substance use disorders specialized training to become a certified Doula.


What’s a Doula?

A doula, also known as a birth companion, birth coach or post-birth supporter, is a non-medical person who assists a woman before, during, or after childbirth, to provide emotional support and physical help if needed. They also may provide support to the mother's partner and family. 

Why?

CHEEERS believes that Peer Support is part of the solution to address Arizona’s Opiate and Substance Use Epidemic. Integrated Health addressing the whole person, providing support for pregnancy and recovery; it’s a win win! 


  • Consider that in the date range of June15, 2017 – November 21, 2018, Arizona reported 1450 babies with Neonatal Abstinence Disorder, and estimated that only 51% of women with Opiate Addiction are receiving the recommended treatment while pregnant. 
  • We know that pregnant women often do not seek services and support due to fear, judgment and shame and we know that Peer Support can help.  Receiving proper treatment, care and support is critical in the woman’s health and in the health of her baby. 
  • Providing Arizona’s peer supports with doula training will better prepare the workforce to assist pregnant women through the prenatal care, birth and post-partum phases while supporting the unique issues relating to recovery and substance use.  
  • Continuous support during pregnancy and birth from a person outside the mother's family or social circle, is associated with reduced mortality rates, improved overall health of the mother and the baby, shorter labor time,  and a lower need for medical interventions and can reduce a mothers' negative feelings about their childbirth experience.
  •  Our trained Peers as Doulas will be better equipped and qualified to assist with not only the recovery aspects of the women’s journey, but also the birthing process and how to support healthy pregnancy and outcomes for both the mother and infant.

 How 

This unique opportunity will provide Arizona’s Peer Recovery Specialists with training to include testing and certification costs to become a doula and  work with Pregnant, Post- Partum women (and their families) who have substance use and mental health disorders. 



The initial Doula Training will be provided in a 2 day class in Maricopa County as well as in Northern and Southern Arizona.  Becoming a certified doula requires additional classes, providing continuous in labor support for 3 births and references from 2 mothers and the medical practitioners.  CHEEERS has contracted with trainers and will assist Peers in receiving required trainings and working through the process. All fees associated with materials and classes will be covered under the grant.  To learn more about the Certification process visit www.dona.org/become-a-doula/


Training Schedule:
February:  Thursday 2/20 & Friday 2/21, 2020 
Phoenix, At CHEEERS RECOVERY CENTER 
 Must be present both days 8:30 to 5:30 pm 

May:  Thursday 5/7 & Friday 5/8 , 2020
in Tucson
LOCATION TBD,
Must be present both days 

September:  Thursday 9/10 & Friday 9/11, 2020 
Location TBD
must be present both days 








Eligibility

To be eligible, individuals must be credentialed peer supports in Arizona, or be a person with lived experience in recovery from substance use disorder, who is willing to become credentialed as a Peer and complete the Doula Certification as well.  CHEEERS will offer both trainings under the program.  Class sizes are limited to 10-12 individuals.



Please contact Lisa Zaran , Project Coordinator for Building Communities of Recovery Grant at 602-246-7607 ext. 2130   for more information and to register for the trainings.

August 21, 2018

On the Move


CHEEERS Recovery Center congratulates two of our team members for their recent and ongoing accomplishments. 

Express Yourself 

FrankeyJune Tewers, a loyal employee of more than 4 years, has been promoted to our Expressions of Hope Programming Coordinator at CHEEERS. Expressions of Hope combines creativity and artistic expression with recovery principles. The program helps our members learn new ways of coping, expressing themselves, exploring spirituality and building confidence, while learning a new skill and creating some magnificent pieces of artwork or jewelry. FrankeyJune has worked as a Recovery Mentor covering a variety of life skills programming at CHEEERS, however; her true passion and talent has been no secret, she's an artist!  We are excited for FrankeyJune to take on this new role and bring her creativity and skills to our program participants. Look through the weekly class schedule and come join us in Expressions of Hope.  Click here for the monthly art calendar of classes.

Represent 

Renee Medunic was recently appointed to the Mercy Care Member Advisory Committee. This committee works together with the health plan and the Office of Individual and Family Affairs to make suggestions for program and outreach service improvements, to better engage members and to ensure that those with lived experience are involved in policy issues and development. Renee works as a Support Services Manager within our day program at CHEEERS. She leads a team of Peer Supports, Mentors and Specialists who share their experience strength and hope with our members in groups, one to ones and a variety of services and events. Renee is a “train the trainer” in an evidence based smoking cessation program called The Dimensions, and is also  certified to provide SAMHSA’s evidence based practice of Whole Health Action Management or WHAM.
Renee is delighted with her recent appointment to the Member Advisory Committee and looks forward to making a difference. Way to go Renee!


June 25, 2018

Seeds of Recovery


Cucumbers, cantaloupe, basil, sage, mint, tomatoes, pomegranate, flowers and various  succulent plants make up the CHEEERS community garden. Seeds of Recovery is a gardening group that establishes a connection between personal recovery and skills associated with gardening.  Creating enough space to grow, keeping the soil rich with nutrients and the importance of staying hydrated are just some of the conversations  our program participants have as they  maintain the community garden here at CHEEERS.   It's urprising how many  similarities there are between recovery and gardening!   Participants are encouraged to participate  in the CHEEERS community garden by thinking  creatively about what and where they want to plant,  and how to plant in a way that will create a beautiful garden.  Like gardening , recovery must be purposeful. Our participants tell us the Seeds of Recovery group is a relaxed atmosphere , that allows them to share openly with each other.  Vegetables from the community garden at CHEEERS are used in our Let's Dish Cooking classes and/ or are made available to the participants if we have abundance !  Darrin Perkins our Facility Lead Support has done a fantastic job with this special program ! 







June 21, 2018

CHEEERS Participants Release 1st Newsletter !

Coming together to create something so special is just one of the things that makes CHEEERS great! We have truly amazing participants that inspire us daily. We are pleased to share the 1st Edition Participant created, written, designed, and edited Newsletter.

 Nice job, putting this together, working together and sharing your expereince, strength and hope with others ! We look forward to reading your "Summer"  release.  Read the Newsletter