ELIGIBILITY & PRIORITY
A Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) candidate is a person with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder who can demonstrate their own efforts at self-directed recovery and expertise including knowledge of approaches to support others in recovery and dual recovery. All candidates should have at least one year of abstinence/ sobriety and no significant inpatient psychiatric admissions for the year prior to applying for certification training.
Priorities for acceptance to the training are:
- Individuals employed by a Community Mental Health Center or other Facility.
- Individuals being offered a position at a Community Mental Health Center or other Facility upon satisfactory completion of certification training program and exam.
- Individuals who have demonstrated recovery leadership within their communities.