Peer Specialists

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?
What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?
What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?
What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?
What is the average cost for CPS training?
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all)
Other potential funding sources.
Is there a state-wide certification test?
What are the personal/professional requirements for certification, if they differ from attending the training?
Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?
What is the cost of the certification test?
Does the certification test need to be taken regularly to maintain certification?
Aside from any fees for the training or state-wide certification test, are there other certification fees/costs?
Is there a statewide certification body?
Please provide as much information about the certification board/body as possible.
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?
Who tracks CEUs?
Is there a certification requirement for CPS Supervisors? If yes, provide details of requirements and relevant information.
Additional specializations available for certified peer specialists:
What are the different acronyms used to distinguish peer supporters and specific peer support specialties?
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?
How are peer support services paid for by the state? What specific Medicaid waivers are used, if any?
Is digital peer support available? Medicaid reimbursable?
Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?
Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization
Peer Specialists Organization Website
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact
Other relevant/helpful contacts:
Are there conferences held in the state specifically for Peer Supporters?
Are there recognition or award opportunities for peer support specialists or Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?
Helpful Websites/ References
Additional Info
If there are recent changes to the certification process due to COVID-19, are the changes permanent, temporary or other?