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 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

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