1100+ Georgia Certified Peer Specialists Since October 2001
Since 2001 to present
I have written often of becoming a Certified Peer Specialist to include the following requirements:
> Candidates must have diagnosis of mental illness or a dual diagnosis of mental illness and addictive disease and must desire to identify themselves as a person with mental illness current or former consumer of mental health services.
> Applicants must hold a high school diploma or GED and may be requested to provide a copy of this document.
> Must demonstrate strong reading comprehension and written communication skills as indicated on their responses on the pre – test which is part of the application.
> Must have demonstrated experience with leadership, advocacy or governance.
> Must be well grounded in recovery
These facts are taken directly from the Certified Peer Specialist brochure.
The motto of the CPS being “Each One Reach One.”
PROJECT SEMICOLON (THE SEMICOLON PROJECT)
A semicolon is used when an author could’ve chosen to end their sentence, but chose not to. The author is you and the sentence is your life.
On April 16, 2013, thousands of people joined us to raise public awareness against depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide.
For days I watched this photo and article come across my facebook feed of a girl with a semicolon on her leg. I did not click on the link until today. This very evening. Learning that it stood for mental health awareness. The very reason I have the treble clef with a heart embedded inside it on my right hand. The hand that I write with. As I have told my story daily inside the courtroom and online at WordPress and at The Covington News.
Why were me and my four older girls alienated from one another in August of 2004 given I was a family violence victim and diagnosed with a mental illness of depression and codependency as the caregiver to Mr. Sasser.
With my August anniversary of 11 years fast approaching I am hoping to address the attorney’s that were involved with our alienation and estrangement and find out one day why they did not do more to help me and my children and to maintain our mother/daughter relationship that we shared. Instead I lost four girls overnight due to the incompetency of several attorney’s. So with that came parental alienation, estrangement, grief and suffering. Even after the abuse was reported by medical staff of Northside Hospital to The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Department. It was still alleged in the court paperwork that no one knew where I was. An outright lie.
Even given Honorable Bills had written up a prepared proposed Opinion in which gave me custody of our youngest daughter and that Mr. Sasser was NOT to interfere in the relationship of me and my three older adopted step – daughters. Mr. Sasser has continued to remain in contempt and doing anything and everything within his power to harbor hate and vengeance upon me and my relationship with my girls. Being separated from them overnight and losing all contact has nearly killed me. It has been just as though experiencing a death of a child is what I have been told by medical staff.
And once again there has NEVER been one hint, question, suggestion, implication nor accusation as to any wrong doing on my behalf as a mother nor as a wife to Mr. Sasser or to my children. It does NOT exist and has never been brought to my attention.
I have been working as a nursing assistant for some time now and am currently getting ready to apply for my Certified Peer Specialist Certification through the State of Georgia hopefully beginning to work with The ACT Team or View Point Health in the very near future.
Giving birth to my youngest daughter in 1999 along with adopting my 3 step – daughters came with a very high price. It was very emotionally charged and physically draining but it worked out for all of us at the time. Thinking at that moment I would have 5 children for the rest of my life to get to continue to raise and be primary care giver of and to watch them grow into greatness. Only to have it ripped away from me all in one day’s time raping us over the coals of injustice time and time again. Until justice was finally served in Rockdale and in The Alcovy Judicial Circuit. Justice being served does not take away the wounds nor the pain of the estrangement and alienation for over ten years now given Mr. Sasser remains to stay in a constant state of contempt with no justifiable reasoning ever provided as to his hate and bashing and abusive manipulation of my girls.
Justice has been served time and time again in a court of law and yet Mr. Sasser continues with his lies, stories and excuses in order to keep me alienated from my four girls with his hatred and bashing me coming from him and his family with no justifiable grounds to stand on.
I think that this August I will get the semicolon tattoo and add it somehow to my treble clef on my right hand. “The hand I write with is the hand that will be my guide.” I have came back to conquer Mr. Sasser several times over and to conquer the world for that matter working as a nursing assistant and on my way to becoming a Certified Peer Specialist.
I saw the Mayor of Covington Mr. Ronnie Johnston at the Independence Day celebration in downtown Covington and it felt so good for him to know my name and who I am and that I stand for the advocacy of mental illness. As I handed out green marbleized stones during my speech that he attended for mental health awareness. His passage included the following:
Now, THEREFORE, I Ronnie Johnston, Mayor of the City of Covington, do hereby proclaim that the Month of May 2015 be declared as Mental Health Awareness Month in Newton County. We also call upon the citizens, government agencies, public and private institutions, businesses and schools in Newton County to recommit our community in increasing awareness and understanding of mental health, the steps our citizens can take to protect their mental health, and the need for appropriate and accessible serviceds for all people with mental health condiitons. This 19th day of May, 2015 Ronnie Johnston, Mayor The City of Covington
I will be writing more and more advocacy in the coming days as my 11 year anniversary of parental alienation and mental diagnosis approaches. Thank you for sharing in my life’s story at my Covington News blog and here at WordPress.
Hoping this year will mark an anniversary to remember.
Independent Adoption Report – State of Georgia
I. Verification of allegations contained in the petition
II. Circumstances under which the minor children came to be placed for adoption
III. Whether the proposed adoptive parent is financially, phsically and mentally able to have the permanent custody of the minor child
IV. The physical and mental condition of the minor children to be adopted
V. Whether or not the adoption is in the best interest of the minor children
VI. Suitability of the home to the minor children
VII. Other information – References
Four references were obtained on myself, Leslie Syles, school counselor, Julie Manders, school counselor, Mark Zielenske, family friend, Charles and Dot Sasser. All of the references support the adoption of the minor children by the petitioner, April Christina Fuller Sasser