Code of Ethics

  1. Certified Peer Support Specialists will not practice, condone, facilitate, or collaborate in any form of discrimination on the basis of ethnicity, race, sex, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, political belief, mental or physical disability, or any other preference or personal characteristic, condition, or state. Certified Peer Support Specialist will adhere to policies set forth by the directive 885-07 (4-100) Abuse, Neglect or Exploitation of Patients and Clients Prohibited
  2. Certified Peer Support Specialists will maintain high standards of personal and professional conduct and shall not be party to any type of behavior, activity or policy that denies any client equal, non-discriminatory access to service and/or support; or which deliberately demeans the rights and/or dignity of any client, staff or colleague.
  3. Certified Peer Support Specialists will, at all times, respect the dignity, privacy and confidentiality rights of the clients they serve.
  4. Certified Peer Support Specialists will never engage in sexual/intimate activities with the clients they serve. Certified Peer Support Specialists shall avoid being drawn into dual (friendships, business bartering etc.) relationships with clients while the support relationship is ongoing.
  5. Certified Peer Support Specialists never give out their personal contact information to clients, but will ensure clients know how to contact them through the mental health center.
  6. Certified Peer Support Specialists shall only provide service and support within the hours, days and locations that are sanctioned by the mental health center.
  7. Certified Peer Support Specialists will conduct themselves in a manner that fosters their own recovery. In so doing, Peer Support Specialists are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner and take the necessary steps to ensure their conduct does not negatively affect the perception of this program.
  8. Certified Peer Support Specialists will openly share with clients and colleagues their recovery stories from mental illness as appropriate for the situation in order to promote and support recovery and resilience.
  9. Certified Peer Specialists will keep current with emerging knowledge relevant to recovery, and openly share this knowledge with their colleagues while refraining from giving advice or opinions that exceeds the scope of practice as defined in the Community Mental Health Services Provider Manual Section 2 Policies and Procedures 2-68 for the Peer Support Service.
  10. As state employees, Certified Peer Specialists cannot accept personal gifts.