Massachusetts

Does your state have peer specialists working in the Mental Health System?: 
Yes
Is there a certification process?: 
Yes
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimburseable?: 
They will be
If in the works, what is the anticipated date services will become Medicaid billable?: 

Soon - Just added to 115 waiver

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

High school diploma, GED, or HiSET

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

Emotional distress or trauma resulting in significant life disruption, working on recovery for at least 1 year, 18 years old

Well-grounded in recovery with at least one year experience working on one’s own recovery

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

Prefer some involvement (volunteer or paid) in a peer role; not entry level peer support

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

60 hours

Please list the training providers (vendors) and their contact information.: 

The Transformation Center
98 Magazine Street
Roxbury, MA 02118
Phone 617-442-4111
cps@transformation-center.org

What is the average cost for CPS training?: 
The CPS program is fully funded by the state Department of Mental Health
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all): 

State office of Behavioral Health

On average, how often are trainings held in your state?: 
4 X year in different areas
Additional specializations:: 

Older Adult

Older adult Peer Support training provided by the state of Pennsylvania

Is there a state-wide certification test?: 
Yes
What is the cost of the certification test?: 
$0
Does the certification test need to be taken regularly to maintain certification?: 
No
Is there a statewide certification body?: 
No
What are the continuing education requirements?: 

None at this time

Is there a peer specialist organization in your state?: 
No