Must be 18 years or older
Must identify as a person who has experienced a mental health challenge that has seriously impacted life and relationships for an extended period of time.
Preference is given to people who are currently employed/volunteering or have an offer of employment in a peer support position that requires Intentional Peer Support Specialist Certification.
Have already completed Peer Support 101 (3-hour class) and/or Healthy Connections (4-day class)
3 references completed with application.
Apply to Intentional Peer Support (IPS) Training
Once accepted, complete online training.
Complete Core Training 8-10 day classroom training (only allowed to miss up to 5 hours, day 1 and 2 need cannot be missed, classes must be made up in next round of training and if they are not made up the entire training must be repeated. Must complete final test of training.
Following core training, individual has 6 weeks to complete follow up workbook. Upon completing follow up workbook, individual is awarded a provisional certificate.
Individuals then have 1 year to complete following fieldwork requirements to receive full certification:
- 1 Co-reflection per quarter after core training (4 must be completed in a year to receive full certification)
- 2 courses/trainings of continuing education per year
- 72 hours of IPS practice (can be obtained through volunteer work, paid employment or personal time in relationships as long as IPS skills are being used. Hours may be reported annually or quarterly).
No but if a person fails to keep up on their annual fieldwork required to maintain certification, they may be asked to repeat the training and the final test or may be asked to take a written and oral exam.
Yes, Maine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Office of Behavioral Health (OBH)
State House Station #11
Augusta, Maine 04333-0011
Maine Department of Health and Human Services Office of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (Recovery Team/SAMHS)
41 Anthony Avenue
Augusta, ME 04333‐0011
Phone: (207) 287-2595
Specific contact person:
Continuing education requirements are the same as provisional certification fieldwork. Each year CIPSS must attend 1 co-reflection per quarter, 2 courses/training a year (cannot be the same topic within the same year), and 72 hours of IPS practice.
Every other year, individuals will go through a Fidelity Review to demonstrate proficiency in IPS skills, beginning at least a year after Core training. (Recommendations may be made for further study or tutoring to help CIPSS improve their skills and demonstrate proficiency to maintain their certification).
Family or Youth Support Specialist
CIPSS - Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist
Affordable Care Act (section 2703 of the Affordable Care Act, 42 U.S.C. § 1396w-4
Amistad - Peer Support and Recovery
Maine Association of Peer Support and Recovery Centers
Annual Peer Support Specialist Network of Maine Statewide Event