The New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute has established a two phase process for certifying HIV, HCV and Harm Reduction Peer Workers. The first phase in the certification process is completion of Foundational Training. Foundational Training provides an opportunity for individuals to achieve a level of understanding and mastery of their own HIV/HCV/behavioral health care needs, treatment and psycho‐social needs. These trainings ensure that participants understand the key components of their own care and can address ongoing issues related to recovery, treatment adherence and can navigate complex systems of health and behavioral health care. Completion of foundational training affords participants an opportunity to “do their own work” to promote personal wellness as a precursor to being able to take on a formal role assisting others.
For individuals with chronic illness, community support and mentorship programs often provide critical emotional, social and practical assistance that helps a person take charge of his/her own health care. Through the LTI program, all interested participants are matched with a peer mentor who offers guidance, support and coaching related to self management upon graduation. Both 2 and 4 month peer mentorship programs are available to graduates of the LTI program. To learn more abourt the Peer Mentor Program, click here.
Whether an individual is newly diagnosed or looking to better manage their own care, the LTI Resource Center offers easy-to-use online resources to help individuals take charge of their own health care. From videos to fact sheets and quizzes, to newsletters and interactive forums, all LTI participants gain unlimited access to new materials and up-to-date resources that help individuals continue to live healthy, productive lives. To learn more about available resources, click here.