Certified Peer Specialist = Mental Health
Certified Peer Mentor = Substance Use Disorder
Must have a high school diploma or equivalent.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Must Self-identify as a person in recovery from a behavioral health condition.
and must have established a minimum of one year in stable recovery.
Must read the Behavioral Health Services (BHS) Peer Specialist Code of Ethics and sign the statement on application affirming adherence to this code.
Must sign affirmation of Merit of Public Trust
Must be gainfully employed as a Kansas Certified Peer Specialist in Training (or Kansas Certified Peer Specialist with prior certification) - with Level 2 CPS training approval form completed and signed by CPS Supervisor)
Completion of BHS approved Level One Online (self-paced format) Kansas Certified Peer Specialist in Training with an exam score of 80% or greater (if working and billing for peer support services prior to certification, individual must complete Level One training within 4 months of start position).
Completion of Level Two training - a 2.5 day in person training for Kansas Certified Peer Specialist and pass the exam with 80% proficiency (if working and billing for peer support services prior to certification, individual must complete Level Two training within a year of completing level one).
Agree to and sign Certified Peer Specialist Code of Ethics which covers topics such as CPS role to help others, maintain professional boundaries, share their experiences with mental health and recovery, and advocacy.
Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services
New England Building
503 S. Kansas Ave.,
Topeka, KS 66603-3404
Online trainings: Kansas Certified Peer Specialists | Carrie Billbe (Carrie.A.Billbe@ks.gov)
Training developed by Wichita State University: Community Engagement Institute.
A minimum requirement of 6 hours of continuing education units annually and may be supplemented with additional requirement from hiring organizations. Topics may include ethics, boundaries, skill development and cultural competency.
All individuals providing supervision to Kansas Certified Peer Specialists are required to complete Supervisor Training which is available online and focuses on peer support principles and supervision.
Kansas Certified Peer Mentor - Substance Use
KCPST - Kansas Certified Peer Specialist in Training
KCPS - Kansas Certified Peer Specialist