No, although the certification application allows one to indicate "Experience Areas."
Hold a high school diploma or equivalence
Identify themselves as former or current consumer of mental health or dual diagnoses services or substance use disorder treatment and/or recovery services
Be well-grounded in their own recovery
Be 21 years old or older
To receive a Peer Specialist certificate from the Behavioral Health Division (BHD), Wyoming Department of Health, the peer specialist will have completed a peer specialist basic competency course of no less than thirty-six (36) contact hours. The training must be pre-approved by the BHD. The course must include all of the Core Competencies for Wyoming’s Peer Specialists.
Application must be filled out, and applicant attests they will "strive to adhere to the Wyoming Peer Specialist Professional Ethics and to improve competency as a Peer Specialist."
A background check is not required for Peer Specialists.
Behavioral Health Division, Wyoming Department of Health
Attn: Peer Specialists
6101 Yellowstone Road, Suite 220
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Any training that lasts 32 hours or more and includes all of the topics listed on the Wyoming Peer Specialist Competencies qualifies.
At least thirty (30) days before your current peer specialist certificate expires, the peer specialist will submit documentation to show that, at a minimum, training has been obtained in these two areas:
1. Attend the Wyoming Peer Specialist Annual Meeting and Training during the previous 18 months with at least fourteen (14) contact hours.
2. Attend at least five hours of other training related to the advancement of peer specialist proficiencies. These trainings must include interaction with other people in the room or virtually via a computer.
a. Document with an agenda, sign-in sheet, and/or other information showing attendance.
b. Document with an agenda, sign-in sheet, and/or other information showing attendance.
c. Recommended trainings are listed under the “Continuing Training” tab at http://health.wyo.gov/peer-specialist
* Provide the BHD with the Peer Specialist Certification Application Form showing that these requirements have been accomplished
Whole Health Endorsement
Wyoming Peer Specialist
Family Support Partner
Youth Support Partner
Youth and Family Support Partners are paid for by a Wyoming Section 1915(b) Waiver: Wyoming Medicaid’s Youth Initiative
EqualityCare is Wyoming's Medicaid program, which provides peer support, bills it under Skills Training.
Yes, one is required for Continuing Education: the Wyoming Peer Specialist Annual Meeting.
Peer specialists can achieve a Mastery endorsement, which signifies they have made substantial contributions to the field.