Pennsylvania

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

Must have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree.

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

Must be someone who has received mental health services for a serious mental illness. A serious mental illness is defined in the mental health bulletin OMH 16-12 (This is a new bulletin isssued 12/16) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5GJ6DzDP88Sdmh1TTJMcDFESTg/view?usp=sh...

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

Within the past three years, must have maintained a job or volunteer position for 12 months, or must have earned 24 post-secondary education credits

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

Must attend and pass an Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) 10 day (75 hour) approved training

Here is the link to the CPS application that all PCB Certified CPS's must complete prior to obtaining official certification. https://www.pacertboard.org/sites/default/files/applications/PCB_CPS%28P...

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

Copeland Center for Wellness and Recovery
https://copelandcenter.com/our-services/certified-peer-specialist-traini...

Institute for Recovery and Community Integration
www.mhrecovery.org

Recovery International: Consulting
www.riinternationaltraining.com

In Western PA: Peer Support and Advocacy Network: www.peer-support.org

What is the average cost for CPS training?: 
between $1300 and $1400
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all): 

Individuals. Certain peer specialist employers sometimes sponsor individuals through training as well.

Other potential funding sources.: 

Glenn Koons Scholarship through the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association.
Funding available through OVR.
Individuals are encouraged to reach out to other organizations such as local NAMI, county MH, and MHA offices as assistance is sometimes available.

On average, how often are trainings held in your state?: 
Varies - trainings often listed at http://www.pmhca.org/trainings/index.html
Additional specializations:: 

Forensics
Older Adult
Veterans
Crisis Services
Transitional Age Youth
LGBTQ+

Is there a state-wide certification test?: 
Yes, offered through the Pennsylvania Certification Board
What is the cost of the certification test?: 
$125
Does the certification test need to be taken regularly to maintain certification?: 
Yes
Is there a statewide certification body?: 
Yes
Please provide as much information about the certification board/body as possible.: 

Certified Peer Specialists in Pennsylvania are now part of the Pennsylvania Certification Board.
https://www.pacertboard.org/sites/default/files/applications/PCB_CPS%28P...

December 2019 - OMHSAS Bulletin updating certification process and revised provider handbook information:
https://www.dhs.pa.gov/docs/Publications/Documents/FORMS%20AND%20PUBS%20....

What are the continuing education requirements?: 

1. Obtaining 36 hours of CEUs of relevant education/training every two years. (24 CEU's must be specifically focused on peer support or recovery practices, 3 CEU's must be in ethics, 9 CEU's are elective and can be any education or training)

2. Completion of the renewal application and a $50 two-year recertification fee.

Who tracks CEUs?: 
CEUs are tracked by employers through copies of certificates of completion or, if no certificates are available, any other available proof of attendance (handouts, registration confirmation, etc.)
Is there a peer specialist organization in your state?: 
Yes
Organization Name: 
Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition
Website: 
www.papsc.org
Other relevant/helpful contacts:: 

Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
717-346-3361

Additional Information: 

www.parecovery.org

December 2019 - OMHSAS Bulletin updating certification process and revised provider handbook information:
https://www.dhs.pa.gov/docs/Publications/Documents/FORMS%20AND%20PUBS%20....