Peer Support

Certified Peer Support Programs

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Peer support is provided by trained individuals who have lived experience of mental illness and/or substance use disorder.

Certified Family Support Specialist (CFSS)

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Self-identity as being having been, in the past 10 years, the biological parent, adoptive parent, foster parent, or relative caregiver with legal custody of a child or youth with a mental, emotional, behavioral, or co-occuring disorder.

Population Receiving Services

Children, youth, and families

Requirements For Certification

  • Prerequisite training
  • FSS Competencies Training Course
  • 6 mohts expereience of paid or volunteer work providing FSS services
  • Personal statement of lived experience
  • During the last 10 years, have at least 12 consecutive months in service planning, system navigation, and building resiliency for a child or youth

Length of Certification

Two years

Continuing Education

  • 30 hours of an on-going education over a two year period, averaging 15 hours per year
  • 5 hours must be ethics
  • No CE in clinical treatment
  • Must take TDMHSAS Title VI training
Go to CFSS Page

Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialist (CYAPSS)

Eligibility

  • Be 18 through 30 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Lived experience with mental health, substance abuse, co-occurring disorder, and/or involvement with other systems, such as juvenile justice, foster care, homeless services, CPS, etc.
  • If in recovery from substance abuse, have maintained abstinence for at least twelve months

Population Receiving Services

Youth and young adults 30 and under who have lived experience with mental health, substance obuse, co-occuring disorder, and/or involvement with other systems, such as juvenile justice, foster care, homeless services, or child protective services

Requirements For Certification

  • CYAPPS training
  • 75 hours of supervised paid or volunteer work providing peer recovery services
  • CYAPSS Application Part Two
  • Employment/Volunteer Summary completed by supervisor
  • Three character references

Length of Certification

One year

Continuing Education

  • 10 hours per year
  • 1 hour must be in ethics
  • 1 hour must be in cultural responsiveness and/or working with diverse populations (this includes youth culture)
  • No CE in clinical treatment
Go to CYAPPS Page

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)

Eligibility

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • High school diploma/GED
  • Self-identity as a person who is in recovery from mental health, substance abuse, or co-curring disoarder
  • Demonstrated self-directed recovery for a minimum of 24 months

Population Receiving Services

Peers with mental health, substance use disorder, or co-ocurring disorder

Requirements For Certification

  • CPRS training
  • 75 hours of supervised paid or volunteer work providing peer recovery services
  • CPRS Application PArt Two
  • Employment/Volunteer Summary completed by supervisor
  • Three professional references OR three character references

Length of Certification

One year

Continuing Education

  • 10 hours per year
  • 1 hour must be in ethics
  • No CE in clinical treatment
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Go to CPRS Page