Peer Specialist Training and Certification Programs: A National Overview

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The certified peer specialist workforce is relatively new in the behavioral health field, with state recognized certification programs first emerging in 2001. Within this short timeframe, states have recognized the potential of peer specialists to improve consumer outcomes by promoting recovery. As of July 2016, 41 states and the District of Columbia have established programs to train and certify peer specialists and 2 states are in the process of developing and/or implementing a program. 

For more on peer support and recovery visit sites.utexas.edu/mental-health-institute.