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Certified Peer Support Specialists and Services
Certified peer specialists are individuals who have a lived experience of mental illness and are trained to be direct service mental health staff. Since 2007, Minnesota has been building capacity for this service.
Agencies interested in employing Certified Peer Specialists
Agencies interested in employing Certified Peer Specialists under the Medicaid rehabilitation services option must submit a Certified Peer Specialist Agency Request for Technical Assistance and an Implementation Plan.
Medicaid Rehabilitation Services include:
Technical assistance for employers will be provided by DHS Adult Mental Health Division staff. Staff will assist agencies in understanding the requirements to incorporate these services within their existing program. Billing and reporting systems will differ for each service type. For more information, please contact Shelley White at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-431-2518.
For detailed information for providers, supervision requirements and administrative requirements pleases refer to Mental Health Provider Manual.
How a person becomes a Certified Peer Specialist
In Minnesota, Northland Counseling Center coordinates the application process, trainings and maintain a web site for individuals who are interested in learning more about peer services.
Certification is valid for two years. To retain certification, Peer Specialists must complete and provide documentation of 30 hours to DHS of continuing education in areas of mental health recovery, mental health rehabilitative services, and peer support.
Peers are certified for one of two levels:
Certified Peer Specialist Level 1
To be employed as a Certified Peer Specialist Level 1, an individual must:
Certified Peer Specialist Level 2
To be employed as a Certified Peer Specialist Level 2, an individual must meet all of the qualifications of a Certified Peer Specialist Level I and meet one or more of the following:
To learn more about peer services or to apply for the training visit www.peerslinktohope.org
Or contact Judy Benham at email@example.com or 218-910-6223.
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