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Aug 25-29, 2014

8th Annual

Georgia School of Addiction Studies

Savannah, GA


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Georgia Certified Addiction Recovery Empowerment Specialist (CARES)

The mission of Georgia CARES’s is to promote long-term recovery from substance use disorders by providing experienced peer support and advocating for self-directed care.

CARES Vision Statement
We envision a recovery-oriented system of care that supports self-directed pathways to recovery by building on the strengths and resilience of individuals, families and communities.








We are administering a training program that is parallel to the mental health certified peer specialist program and are working directly with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network through funding from DBHDD. This is part of an effort to create a recovery-oriented system of care where peer-based recovery support is used as a fundamental part of community-based services and will enhance the treatment and recovery experience. This is a 40-hour (one week) training course. The trained peers and their supervisors will also be provided on-going support from members of the CARES Team. 


People in recovery who are interested in becoming a CARES must apply through the Georgia Council on Substance Abuse Committee for initial screening, and be approved by the CARES Selection Committee. Qualified candidates are selected for the training based on their employment status and the ability to meet the training guidelines. The following system was devised to assist program providers (employers) in meeting the guidelines that have been set by Medicaid:

•    Candidates who are in recovery and currently employed by a public or private provider of Medicaid Rehab Option billable services are considered for acceptance first.

•    Candidates who are in recovery, have distinguished themselves as peer leaders and are being sponsored by a Medicaid Rehab Option provider for possible hire are given next priority.

•    People in recovery who work within a peer-based recovery service or treatment program that has not yet qualified to bill for Medicaid Rehab Option are given next priority.

•    People in recovery seeking to improve their marketability in the physical or behavioral health fields are given next priority.

We will train a minimum of 45 addiction peers specialists statewide next year. This training will most likely take place in the metro Atlanta area.

2014-2015 CARES Academy Dates

CARES 14 – October 20-24, 2014
Applications due August 25, 2014
Interviews September 17, 2014

CARES 15 – January 26-30, 2015
Applications Due November 24, 2014
Interviews December 17, 2014

CARES 16 – April 27 – May 1, 2015
Applications Due February 23, 2015
Interviews March 18, 2015

CARES 17 – July 27 – 31, 2015
Applications Due June 1, 2015
Interviews June 24, 2015


CARES Description CARES 14 Academy Application CARES Code of Ethics
Training Overview Recovery Bill of Rights
  • If you have previously submitted your application and wish to be considered for an upcoming Academy, please contact Owen Dougherty at

  • Please note, each applicant is responsible for their own hotel accommodations.

All Applications must be typed and submitted electronically
(Click the submit Button at the end of the application)

Send TYPED writing samples and references to

Email to:

Mail to: Georgia Council on Substance Abuse
100 Edgewood Ave., Suite 1009
Atlanta, GA 30303
Phone: 404 523-3440

Advocacy with Anonymity CARES Pre-Academy

Hidden Treasures:
Building Community Connections

Understanding Alcoholism Scale
Talking About Recovery & CARES Elevator Speech Recovery Capital Scale & Plan
Relapse is not Part of Recovery CARES Core Skills Self-Assessment & Development Plan

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