American Samoa

Is there a state-endorsed certification process?: 

It's in process.

Does the state differentiate between Mental Health Peer Support Specialists and Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?: 


What are the educational requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?: 

High school diploma

What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?: 

Lived experience (mental health, addiction or trauma)

What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?: 

None, but experience a plus

What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?: 

Completion of Peer Support Specialist training, one year experience and passing a test.

What is the average cost for CPS training?: 
Other potential funding sources.: 

SAMHSA has funded past CPS trainings.

Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?: 

Yes. Depends on the crime committed and how long ago it was.

Where can information be found for upcoming peer support trainings?: 
Training providers (vendors) and their contact information.: 

Peerlink; Intersections - Youth Peer Support.

Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?: 

In process.

Is digital peer support available? Medicaid reimbursable?: 

Yes; not Medicaid reimbursable

Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?: 


Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization: 

Back on Track

Peer Specialists Organization Website: 
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact: 

Mona Uli
POB 982637,
Pago Pago,
American Samoa 96799