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The Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB), which is the credentialing board for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) in the State of Pennsylvania, defines the CPS certification as: “The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is credential for individuals with personal, lived experience in their own recovery. Peer support services are an important component in recovery-oriented systems of care.Read More +
“By offering insight into the recovery process based on their own experience, peer specialists are able to provide a unique perspective to those with similar experiences. As a CPS, an individual accepts and agrees that their experience as a person in recovery will be known by their colleagues, persons served, and others with whom they may share that they have achieved this credential. The role of the CPS reflects a collaborative and strength-based approach. Services provided by the CPS are a critical component of the continuum of care services that will substantially improve an individual’s ability to sustain recovery and wellness. The Certified Peer Specialist credential is for persons with serious mental health or co-occurring (mental health & substance use disorder) lived experience.”
For teams that employ the recommended CPS, they are an integral part of the team. The CPS can bring a level of understanding and bridge the gap between the professional members of the team and the individuals served.Read More +
Roles of the CPS can include but are not limited to:
CPS applicants for our PA FEP centers must:
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Applicant must be living as a recovered person in the past 3 years (defined by one or both of the following)
Applicants must completion the seventy-five (75) hour approved peer specialist certification training
Current approved training providers:
Submit a completed application including the following signed pages
Submit the application fee of $150 with the application
Pass the CPS exam
Visit our online, dynamic training and education calendar for upcoming CPS training opportunities!