Puerto Rico

Is there a state-endorsed certification process?: 

In 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?: 
About 3 times per year
Training providers (vendors) and their contact information.: 

Juan Velez-Court

What are the continuing education requirements?: 

In process. Informal CE does exist.

Who tracks CEUs?: 
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?: 

Federal/grant funded

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: 

Juan Velez-Court

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