Qualifications to be a Peer Support

To become a Certified Peer Specialist, you must meet these qualifications:

  • Experience: you must be someone who has received mental health services for a serious mental illness. A serious mental illness is defined in the mental health bulletin OMH-94-04.
  • Education: you must have a high school diploma or general equivalency degree (GED).
  • Activity: within the past three years, you must have maintained a job or volunteer position for 12 months, or you must have earned 24 post-secondary education credits.
  • Training: you must complete and pass Certified Peer Specialist training.

Do you meet these qualifications? Do you think that you can provide positive encouragement, service, and skills, to assist other people in the recovery process?

If you answered “yes” to all of the above, you have what it takes to become a Certified Peer Support Specialist.

Look for upcoming Peer Support Specialist trainings in Pennsylvania.