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The ASERT Resource Center serves as Pennsylvania’s leading source for up-to-date and accurate information and resources for individuals with autism, their families, the community and the professionals who support them. Contact the ASERT resource center to speak with a resource specialist who can help you learn how to discover and access resources in Pennsylvania.

When should I contact the Resource Center?

If you have additional questions about information you found on PAautism.org or would like to invite an outreach specialist to attend an event, conference, or support group, someone at the resource center can assist you.

Be sure to visit the following pages below here on PAautism.org to find helpful information. If you still have additional questions, contact the Resource Center.

By phone
1-877-231-4244

Are you located outside of Pennsylvania?
The ASERT resource center is focused on specific resources in Pennsylvania. If you are in another state, the resources specialists will not be able to help you. Please visit the resources section of PAautism.org, as some of the online resources may be applicable to residents of other states.

           

ASERT Spotlight: Ziggie, Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)

The role of a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is to share the tools, skills, and information they have learned with individuals going through similar struggles.  To be certified, the person must have received specific training in the role, functions, and skills of the Certified Peer Specialist position.

How long have you been a CPS?
 I acquired my CPS in 2017 from the Institute for Recovery & Community Integration, and I obtained an additional state CPS certification in 2019.

What made you want to become a CPS?
I wanted to model wellness for those navigating through the mental healthcare system. When I dealt with my own mental health concerns, I understood how isolating it can be. A CPS is someone who empathizes with others because we've gone through similar experiences. 

What process did you go through to become a CPS?
 First, I was interviewed. Your score during that interview determines if you're eligible to take the class afterward to become a CPS. I also have to obtain 18 CEU's every year related to mental health to maintain my certification.

What's one lesson that stood out during your CPS training?
 My instructor said: Only do CPS work when you're well enough to do it. Don't compromise your own mental health, your own wellness has to take priority before CPS work.



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