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Ohio Definition of Recovery

"Recovery is the personal process of change in which Ohio residents strive to improve their health and wellness, resiliency, and reach their full potential through self-directed actions."


OhioMHAS Integrated Peer Recovery Supporter Training

Individuals in recovery with a direct lived experience of mental health and/or substance use disorders who are interested in taking a 40 hour in-person peer services training, may apply to take the OhioMHAS Peer Services Training. The integrated peer support curriculum was funded through a SAMHSA BRSS TACS grant in an effort to promote the widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services, and systems for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. At the time of its development, few states had a curriculum that was designed to train individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders.

OhioMHAS staff review and approve training applications and coordinate trainings for Mental Health and Recovery Boards, Consumer Operated Services, and Behavioral Health Providers. As a part of the training process, individuals must complete 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses and pass the OhioMHAS Peer Supporter Exam. E-Based Academy course may be accessed at

Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam

OhioMHAS is pleased to announce that individuals with a direct lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder who are interested, may now take the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification Exam on-line. The on-line version is the same as the in-person version with the same parameters. Test takers will have a maximum of 3 hours to complete the exam and will need a passing score of 70%. If you are interested in taking the exam on-line,please e-mail with your first and last name and state your interest in taking the exam. An account will be created for you and a link to the test with your individual password will be e-mailed directly to you.

If you would like to request a reasonable accommodation, please e-mail and we will work with you to make alternative arrangements.

Individuals interested in applying for the training may complete the training application and e-mail or mail it to or OhioMHAS Bureau of Recovery Supports, Attn./ Francine Roman, 30 East Broad Street 36th Floor Columbus, Ohio 43215. Individuals who have been convicted of any offense listed in 5122-29-15.1 paragraph (I) will not be approved to take the OhioMHAS Integrated Peer Recovery Supporter Training in order to mirror the OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter Certification.

OhioMHAS has funds available to pay for training costs in areas of Ohio that have little or no capacity for peer support. Providers, organizations, or Mental Health and Recovery Boards interested in scheduling a training, please e-mail Individuals who are traveling more than 50 miles to attend in-person trainings may be eligible to receive a scholarship through the OhioMHAS Community Family Partnership Team. For more information on CFPT, please visit  OhioMHAS is working to schedule trainings locally. Please visit the OhioMHAS training calendar for updates