Is there a state-endorsed certification 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 / high school education
What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?:
A peer must attend a 5-day basic training and pass an online exam in order to apply to the Missouri Credentialing Board for the CPS credential.
What is the average cost for CPS training?:
Training is provided at no cost to peers or providers. Peers or their employers will be responsible for all travel expenses (i.e. lodging, mileage, meals, etc.).
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all):
No cost, except for travel expenses
Other potential funding sources.:
Is there a state-wide certification test?:
What are the personal/professional requirements for certification, if they differ from attending the training?:
* The applicant must currently reside and/or work/volunteer in the State of Missouri at least 51% of the time. The only exception to this is applicants living and working in a state that is not a member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium.
* Applicant must agree to the Recovery Code of Ethical Practice and Professional Conduct.
Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?:
Yes, a Family Care Safety Registry Worker Registration form is required as part of the application. The FCSR conducts a background check.
The following items disqualify an individual from being credentialed with the MCB:
Is listed on the Department of Mental Health disqualification registry
Is listed on the employee disqualification list of the Dept. Health and Senior Services or Dept. of Social Service
Any crime against a minor
A person who has been convicted of, found guilty to, plead guilty to or nolo contendere to any of the Disqualifying Crime (s) Pursuant to Section 630.170, RSMo. The crime (s) will only disqualify an applicant if the crime (s) were a felony. Please view information about Section 630.170, RSMo on the MCB web site www.missouricb.com under the Disqualifying Crimes Link.
If an individual has applied for and been given an exception from the Department of Mental Health, the individual may apply for a MCB credential. Please upload proof of exception with your application.
What is the cost of the certification test?:
The certification test is part of the training and is free.
Does the certification test need to be taken regularly to maintain certification?:
Aside from any fees for the training or state-wide certification test, are there other certification fees/costs?:
Yes, the initial certification is $75. Renewal of the (every two years) is $70.
Is there a statewide certification body?:
Please provide as much information about the certification board/body as possible.:
Missouri Credentialing Board
P.O. Box 105380
Jefferson City, Mo. 65110
(428 East Capitol
Jefferson City, Missouri 65101) -- This address cannot accept mail during the COVID19 Pandemic.
Where can information be found for upcoming peer support trainings?:
On average, how often are trainings held in your state?:
Training providers (vendors) and their contact information.:
What are the continuing education requirements?:
20 hours of continuing education must be earned every two years, including 6 hours of "live" ethics training.
Who tracks CEUs?:
Individuals are responsible for tracking. Everyone sends in a copy of the 'live' ethics training. Training certifications are required from individuals randomly selected for audit in a given year.
Is there a certification requirement for CPS Supervisors? If yes, provide details of requirements and relevant information.:
Additional specializations available for certified peer specialists::
What are the different acronyms used to distinguish peer supporters and specific peer support specialties?:
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?:
Yes, Certified Peer Specialists are qualified to provide peer support in all programs where peer support is included in the
service contract with the Department of Mental Health.
How are peer support services paid for by the state? What specific Medicaid waivers are used, if any?:
Is digital peer support available? Medicaid reimbursable?:
Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?:
Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization:
Peer Specialists Organization Website:
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact:
Other relevant/helpful contacts::
Are there conferences held in the state specifically for Peer Supporters?:
Are there recognition or award opportunities for peer support specialists or Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?:
Helpful Websites/ References:
If there are recent changes to the certification process due to COVID-19, are the changes permanent, temporary or other?: