Yes. Certified as Peer Recovery Supporter
18 years of age or older
Have lived experience with mental health and/or substance use disorder.
Willingness to share recovery story, personal lived experience with Mental Health and/or Substance Use Disorder and work or training experience.
Answer these on application:
What does recovery meant to you?
Describe your recovery journey
Why are you interested in becoming a Certified Peer Supporter?
If applying for the ""certification with work experience"" then required to have 3 years' work experience as a Peer Supporter, Recovery Coach, Peer Specialist, and/or Peer Navigator.
If applying for the ""certification with training"" then must submit 2 references.
For "certification with training", 40-hour in-person training through OhioMHAS training or through an outside organization whose training model is approved by OhioMHAS
Must also complete 11 courses through eBased Academy prior to 40-hour training.
Mental Health and Recovery Boards
For individuals in rural areas who need to travel for training there is potential for additional accommodation and mileage reimbursement through a Community Family Partnership Team scholarship.
CPS must adhere to Conflict of Interest process and OhioMHAS code of ethics. Also required to abide by Ohio Mandated Reporting and Duty to Warn Requirements.
Candidates can apply for certification by taking OhioMHAS Training, or complete an OhioMHAS approved training, or have 3 years of lived experience in providing Peer Support. All are required to take the state certification exam.
Yes. The individual shall have a criminal records check that is free from any convictions, excluding minor traffic violations, and has been released from all sanctions, for three years prior to application. Except that individuals with a disqualifying offense shall be permanently excluded from certification and shall not be eligible for a waiver. FBI criminal record check if the individual has lived outside of the state.
Yes, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS)
Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215-3430
PRS Training Calendar on the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction services ""Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Training and Professional Development"" website.
Current OhioMHAS training is found at OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter 40-hour Training Calendar
Other OhioMHAS approved training through:
Arizona Peer Specialist Training
Clark State Community College Peer Recovery Fundamentals Course
Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 40-hour training
National Association of Peer Specialists (N.A.P.S.)
Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio Peer Support Specialist Training
Michigan Department of Community Health Peer Support Specialist Training
North Carolina Peer Support Specialists training
Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Certified Peer Specialist trainings
30 hours of continuing education credits every two years. Re-certification application is to be submitted within 60 days of certification expiration. Re-certification also requires a new criminal record check.
A CPS may supervise other CPS' if they have 5 years experience as a peer specialist, peer navigator, peer specialist, peer recovery coach, or peer recovery supporter
CPRS: Certified Peer Recovery Supporter
Yes, covered in a clinical context and person must be getting treatment services from an OhioMHAS certified entity
There is limited billing through Medicaid and Mental Health and Recovery Boards. Specialized Recovery Services benefit can fund peer services. See link below.
Telehealth is currently available and Medicaid reimbursable. (with limits)
Formation of a statewide peer advocacy organization is in progress (Ohio Peer Run Organization - OhioPRO)
Who at OhioMHAS should I send questions to regarding the 40 hour in-person peer training? email@example.com
Who at OhioMHAS should I send questions to regarding becoming certified as an individual? firstname.lastname@example.org
Who at OhioMHAS should I send questions to about becoming a certified community provider for peer recovery support services? LicCert@mha.ohio.gov
Yes. Ohio's Recovery Conference is held each year (though absent in 2020) and has sessions dedicated to peer support and information around mental health and addiction services.
Not at the state level, however there are many peer support recognitions throughout the community.
Yes, most current 40-hour PRS trainings are online only. Likely a temporary measure but unsure.