Certified Peer Specialist

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Explore Certified Peer Specialist Support in Central Minnesota’s Region V

Individuals with a lived mental health experience are trained to be a direct service for mental health staff to offer support to individuals with lived mental health experience by sharing their personal experience and assist individuals in discovering their strength. Certified Peer Support Specialists help break down barriers to community resources and provide encouragement to get involved in community activities that align with the individual’s goals and interests.

Certified Peer Specialist

How can a Certified Peer Specialists Help?

Certified Peer Specialists are eligible to provide services as a paid team member with.

  • Adult Rehabilitative Mental Health Services (ARMHS)
  • Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
  • Crisis Residential Services
  • Intensive Residential Treatment Services (IRTS)
  • Mental Health Crisis Services

Non direct service roles:

  • Staffing drop-in centers
  • Peer support warmline operators
  • Case manager associates

Certified Peer Specialist

How to become a Certified Peer Specialist:

  • 18 years or older
  • Have or have had a diagnosis of mental health condition
  • Is a current or former recipient of mental health services
  • Successfully completes the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) approved Certified Peer Specialist training and certification exam
  • Willing to share their story

Training Commitment:

  • Two- week training; Monday- Friday, 8 hours per day
  • Complete continuing education training of at least 30 hours every two years in areas of recovery, rehabilitative services and peer support.

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

Helps individuals become ready and willing to seek treatment by supporting the individual in exploring their options for recovery or treatment.

Use a strength-based approach helping recipients find and utilize their values, assets, and strengths while supporting them in achieving success. Help recipients recognize and fill gaps in their skills or development. They work as a partner with the recipient.

Peer recovery specialist requirements:

  • 46 hours of training
  • Passing score on IC&RC Peer recovery exam
  • Must live or work in MN at least 51% of the time

Certified Peer Specialist Supervisor

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist must be supervised by an appropriately certified or licensed professional in the behavioral health field (CPRSR, ADCR-MN, LADC, LPCC, etc) who is also knowledgeable of the Peer Recovery domains, MCB Peer Recovery Specialist Code of Ethical Conduct, and other relevant statutes, rules, and standards pertaining to the provision of peer recovery services.

Certified Peer Support Specialist Supervisors promote good ethical practices and play a key role in the successful integration of peer workers in the workplace comprised of three basic functions; administrative, educative, and supportive.

Training Commitment:

  • Two-day training, 8 hours per day

Other Peer Specializations:

A peer recovery specialist with forensic endorsement provides support to individuals with substance use, or co-occurring mental health and the criminal justice system related challenges where peer support can assist individuals in their commitment to achieving and maintaining recovery and wellness using their own lived experience. Peer Recovery Specialists with forensic endorsement ask questions, offer insight, and help service participants as they become resourceful, and capable of choosing what is best for them.

For more information visit the site below:

Peer Recovery | Minnesota Certification Board (mcboard.org)

Certified family peer specialists (CFPS) work with the family of a child or youth who has an emotional disturbance or a severe emotional disturbance and is receiving mental health treatment to promote the resiliency and recovery of the child or youth. They provide nonclinical family peer support building on the strengths of the family and help them to achieve desired outcomes.

Services provide the family with skills, knowledge and support to strengthen the family and increase parents’ ability to support the treatment goals of the child or youth.

For more information visit the site below:

Mental Health Services – Certified Family Peer Specialist (state.mn.us)

An advanced level of Certified Peer Support and additional qualifications. An individual must meet all the qualifications of a Certified Peer Specialist Level I and:

  • Be qualified at the Mental Health Practitioner level as defined by Minnesota Statute 245.462, subdivision 17.
  • Have at least 6,000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of peer services to persons with mental illness
  • Have at least 4000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of services to persons with mental illness and an additional 2000 hours of supervised experience in the delivery of peer services to persons with mental illness.