Shawn Martinez, Executive Director of SODA is the first in Jackson County to receive her Certified Prevention Specialist title and hopes to see others doing prevention work in Jackson County and the State do the same.
Ron Dunn, current SODA Board President writes “Shawn Martinez’s dedication and commitment in the community is further complimented by her recent Certified Prevention Specialist title. Shawn’s continued performance and desire for improvement is impressive and has a positive impact on our local anti-drug coalition.
Ms. Martinez has been with SODA since 1997, she became Executive Director in 2004. Ms. Martinez would like to see other agencies that receive funding for prevention work have a certified prevention specialist employee.
The State of Oregon, DHS, Addictions and Mental Health Division (AMH) after hearing from a number of prevention coordinators and others in the prevention workforce in Oregon decided that the state needed to push towards “professionalizing” the prevention system by requiring certification. This change in the administrative rule now requires that prevention providers employ a certified prevention specialist (CPS). For those who are currently in the field, the rule allows a “grace period” of 2 years to complete certification. It also allows up to 2 years for newly hired employees to receive their certification.
The requirements of a Certified Prevention Specialist (CPS) include:
- 150 prevention education hours. They must be accredited or approved by a recognized/approved accreditation body. Hours must include the topical areas of ATOD Pharmacology, Prevention and Risk Protective Factors.
- 2000 supervised experience hours in the Intermediate Certification Reciprocity Consortium and Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.
- 120 hours of experiential learning and evaluation by qualified prevention supervisors.
- Letter verifying a minimum of two years of sobriety for those who are recovering from chemical dependence.
- Ethics agreement and national criminal history check
- ICRC exam with a passing score on the professional national certification exam.