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/GED with allowed exceptions.
What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
2 years in recovery (no hospitalizations or use of substances). Personal interview.
What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?:
Experience providing support preferred but not required.
What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?:
40 hour training, additional suggested activities
What is the average cost for CPS training?:
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all):
Is there a state-wide certification test?:
In process of being developed
Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?:
Not for certification. Background check for employment is often required.
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?:
In process. Informal CE does exist.
Is there a certification requirement for CPS Supervisors? If yes, provide details of requirements and relevant information.:
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?:
In the process, but not at the current moment.
How are peer support services paid for by the state? What specific Medicaid waivers are used, if any?:
Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?:
Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization:
Centro de Apoyo Mutuo (ASSMCA)
Peer Specialists Organization Website:
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact:
Are there conferences held in the state specifically for Peer Supporters?:
Yes - Peer Specialist Summit
Are there recognition or award opportunities for peer support specialists or Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?:
Yes, at annual conference and Recovery Month
If there are recent changes to the certification process due to COVID-19, are the changes permanent, temporary or other?:
Trainings are online; temporarily