Must have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree
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...
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
Must attend and pass an Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) 10 day (75 hour) approved training
Glenn Koons Scholarship through the Pennsylvania Mental Health Consumers Association.
Funding available through OVR.
For Philadelphia residents only: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5GJ6DzDP88SQml3LUhsOG5lbnc/view?usp=sh...
Individuals are encouraged to reach out to other organizations such as local NAMI, county MH, and MHA offices as assistance is sometimes available.
transitional age in development as of July, 2016
Certified Peer Specialists in Pennsylvania are now part of the Pennsylvania Certification Board.
Recertification requires obtaining 36 hours of CEUs every two years and a $50 two-year recertification fee.
Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
There is a short window of opportunity to be Grandfathered into the process. (March 1, 2018 - August 31, 2018)
The requirements to become grandparented are:
- You must have completed the two-week peer specialist training from one of the recognized training vendors.
- Those two vendors are the Institute for Recovery and Community Integration and RI Consulting.
- Complete the CPS Grandparenting Application and sign and date a Peer-specific code of ethical conduct.
- Signed and notarized release form.
There is no initial cost to peers for obtaining the credential as the grandparenting fee is being underwritten by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS).