Is there a state-endorsed certification process?
It's 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
What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?
Lived experience (mental health, addiction or trauma)
What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?
None, but experience a plus
What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?
Completion of Peer Support Specialist training, one year experience and passing a test.
What is the average cost for CPS training?
Other potential funding sources.
SAMHSA has funded past CPS trainings.
Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?
Yes. Depends on the crime committed and how long ago it was.
Where can information be found for upcoming peer support trainings?
Training providers (vendors) and their contact information.
Peerlink; Intersections - Youth Peer Support.
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?
In process.
Is digital peer support available? Medicaid reimbursable?
Yes; not Medicaid reimbursable
Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?
Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization*
Back on Track
Peer Specialists Organization Website*
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact*
Mona Uli [email protected] POB 982637, Pago Pago, American Samoa 96799

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