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 [email protected]
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 [email protected]
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

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