Certified Peer Specialist

A Certified Peer Specialist is a self-identified mental health consumer who has made significant progress in their personal recovery journey and is now willing to pass on their skills / resources that has led to their successful recovery to other mental health consumers.

Candidates for the position of a peer specialist must meet the requirements as established by the Department of Public Welfare which are as follows:

  • Be a self-identified individual.
  • Have at least a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have maintained, within the last three (3) years, at least 12 months of successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience or one year post-secondary education experience totaling 24 credit hours.
  • Individuals interested in becoming a Certified Peer Specialist must attend and successfully complete a 2 week CPS training program.
  • To maintain their CPS status, must earn at least 18 additional training hours relevant to their position each subsequent year.

For additional information on how to pursue becoming a Certified Peer Specialist, please call 724-437-0729 and ask to speak with the Peer Support Program Manager.