No, APSS can have current or past diagnosis of mental health, substance use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders
A high school diploma or General Equivalence Diploma (GED) certificate.
Must be 18 years of age or older.
Must have a current or past diagnosis of a mental health, substance use,
or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Must have received or be receiving treatment.
Must demonstrate a pattern of recovery from a mental health, substance
use, or co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
Some trainings applications require references from two professional contacts.
30 hours of training (usually over 5 days) Must successfully complete adult peer support specialist training approved by the department or receive a training waiver for this requirement in accordance with information below.
*An individual requesting to waive the adult peer support specialist training shall:
A) Provide documentation to the department, on the department’s Web site, of successful completion of an adult peer support specialist training sponsored by a federal entity or by another state that is comparable to the adult peer support specialist training in this administrative regulation; and
B) Provide documentation to show that the training has occurred within five (5) years of the waiver request.
The department will then review the request to waive the training requirement and will notify the individual in writing within 20 business days.
If an individual is denied a training waiver, he or she may complete the adult peer support specialist training.
Individual, some training vendors do offer limited number of scholarships.
Upon employment; Regular supervision is required.
Supervision meetings must be face-to-face and occur no less than twice per month, with one lasting at least 30 minutes in length.
Supervising professional must maintain a written record of supervision that is dated and signed by both professional and PSS and description of meeting.
No, although some trainings for continuing education may have tests of their own.
Yes, Kentucky Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET
Individual training vendor websites.
Can also search DBHDID-TRIS site:
Complete and maintain documentation of a minimum of 6 hours of related training or education in each subsequent year after successful completion of the adult peer support specialist training or receipt of waiver.
Professionals eligible to provide supervision:
Physician, Psychiatrist, Advanced practice registered nurse, Physician assistant, Licensed psychologist, Licensed psychological practitioner including a certified psychologist or a certified psychologist with autonomous functioning, Licensed clinical social worker, Licensed professional clinical counselor, Licensed marriage and family therapist, Licensed psychological associate, Marriage and family therapy associate, Certified social worker, Licensed professional counselor associate, Licensed professional art therapist, Licensed professional art therapist associate, Professional equivalent working within a CMHC, Licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor, Licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor associate, Certified alcohol and drug counselor, or Psychiatric nurse working in a CMHC.
Adult Peer Support Specialist
Family Peer Support Specialist
Youth Peer Support Specialist
Family Leadership Academy
APSS - Adult Peer Support Specialist
KFLA - Kentucky Family Leadership Academy
FPSS - Family Peer Support Specialist
YPSS - Youth Peer Support Specialist
KYSTARS (Kentucky System Transformation - Advocating Recovery Supports) for Mental Health
Annual KYSTARS Consumer Conference
Yes, Kentucky Peer Excellence Awards (through KYSTARS for Mental Health)
Nominations for: Regional Award, Molly Clouse Lifetime Achievement Award, Super Supporter
Some trainings and webinars for are being offered virtually (dependent on training vendor)