The Cleveland Association of Rescue Employees has recognized the value of providing a way for their members and family members to deal with personal and/or
professional problems. A successful
approach to this problem has been to provide a program which offers a non- professional (peer) support program in addition to the current professional Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Ease @ Work, provided to you as an employee of the City of Cleveland. The peer support program is composed of a group of peers who have volunteered to make themselves available to any members of C.A.R.E. This will provide a way for the C.A.R.E. membership and/or their family members to talk out personal and/or professional problems confidentially with someone who understands and cares.
The City of Cleveland, Department of Safety, Division of EMS’s most valuable resource is its employees. The peer support program’s goal is to assist peers and/or family members with stresses caused by personal and/or professional problems and help them continue to be a productive member of the Division of EMS.
Below is your current Peer Support Advisor team members. They are volunteering their time to be there for you in your time of need.
Please understand the limitations of an advisor who is on duty. If a Peer Support Advisor is made aware of a member in need of assistance and it will interrupt their on-duty obligations, they are to refer the member to the CARE Peer Support Hotline and attempt to contact an off-duty Peer Support Advisor at their earliest appropriate convenience.
Rev. Dave Enzman
Dr. Jennifer Franklin, PHD
Jodi Lipnick, BSN
Dave Sirl, EMS Coordinator
As our Peer Support Team gets up and running, you may begin to notice CARE members wearing these wristbands. The turquoise color represents suicide prevention awareness. The members who wear them have been trained in the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation - Basic Group CISM training. These members are certified by the State of Ohio and official members of the "CARE Cleveland Area EMS - Critical Incident Stress Management Team".
While much more info will be coming out to all CARE membership soon, it cannot be stressed enough that the policy of the this team is to maintain confidentiality. Communication between a Peer Support Advisor and a member is considered CONFIDENTIAL except for matters which involve the following:
In these situations where a concern or a question regarding confidentiality arise, it is mandatory for the Peer Support Adviser to immediately contact the Program Director and/or Assistant Director who will take appropriate action.
June 2017 is PTSD Awareness Month. We care about the mental and physical health of our members, and have been working hard to establish a peer support program. In the near future, we will have peer counselors as part of our support program.
After each in-service in June, members will be invited to attend a voluntary, brief informational session regarding the mental health issues of first responders. These sessions will also include information on the C.A.R.E. Peer Support Program, on the application process to become a C.A.R.E. Peer Support Team Member, and on the requirements to become a Peer Support Counselor.
We understand that each of you have very busy lives and that it may not be possible for you to attend this voluntary informational session. Therefore, the documents that will be provided at the voluntary session are below and available to download. Even if you have no interest in becoming a Peer Team Member, we ask that you take the time to nominate members you believe would be good in this role.
If you have any questions, please contact Jon Wearstler or Matt Sykes.