Is there a state-endorsed certification process?:
Does the state differentiate between Mental Health Peer Support Specialists and Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?:
Yes. Funding for SUD Peer Support is currently available through a Medicaid Waiver.
What are the educational requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?:
No certification training available.
What is the average cost for CPS training?:
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all):
Other potential funding sources.:
Is there a state-wide certification test?:
What are the personal/professional requirements for certification, if they differ from attending the training?:
Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?:
What is the cost of the certification test?:
Does the certification test need to be taken regularly to maintain certification?:
Aside from any fees for the training or state-wide certification test, are there other certification fees/costs?:
Is there a statewide certification body?:
Please provide as much information about the certification board/body as possible.:
Where can information be found for upcoming peer support trainings?:
Some training information is available on the Alaska Peer Support Consortium website.
In addition, other individual agencies offering peer support may offer their own trainings.
On average, how often are trainings held in your state?:
Training providers (vendors) and their contact information.:
What are the continuing education requirements?:
Is there a certification requirement for CPS Supervisors? If yes, provide details of requirements and relevant information.:
Additional specializations available for certified peer specialists::
What are the different acronyms used to distinguish peer supporters and specific peer support specialties?:
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?:
Yes, for substance use disorder even if certified as peer specialist are not a qualified addiction professional. Medicaid does not seem to be available for mental health peer support.
How are peer support services paid for by the state? What specific Medicaid waivers are used, if any?:
1115 SUD Waiver pays for Peer Support offered to people with Substance Use Disorder.
Is digital peer support available? Medicaid reimbursable?:
Digital peer support is available through individual agencies. It is not Medicaid reimbursable.
Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?:
Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization:
Alaska Peer Support Consortium
Peer Specialists Organization Website:
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact:
Other relevant/helpful contacts::
Are there conferences held in the state specifically for Peer Supporters?:
Are there recognition or award opportunities for peer support specialists or Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?: