OhioMHAS will begin formally certifying Peer Recovery Supporters July 1, 2016. Peer Recovery Supporters in an all-inclusive term consisting of peer specialists, recovery coaches, and peer supporters. In order to have a formal certification, individuals delivering peer services needed to have one title for consistency. Peer Recovery Supporter was chosen as it represents the three largest sections of the current peer workforce.
Peer Recovery Supporter Certification 101 webinar Series
E-Based Academy Courses for Individuals Applying for the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification OR for Individuals who will be Supervising Certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporters
Individuals who have completed the Integrated Peer Supporter training have already completed 12 hours of E-Based Academy Courses and ONLY need to complete the Ethics and Boundaries and Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters. The E-Based Academy may be accessed at http://www.ebasedacademy.org/lms/. E-Based Academy courses are free of charge. For clinicians who will be supervising Certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporters, you may earn 14 CEUs for completing the E-Based Academy courses.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com and we will work with you to make alternative arrangements.
OhioMHAS formally began certifying Peer Recovery Supporters July 1, 2016. Peer Recovery Supporters is an all-inclusive term consisting of peer specialists, recovery coaches, and peer supporters. In order to have a formal certification, individuals delivering peer services needed to have one title for consistency. Peer Recovery Supporter was chosen as it represents the three largest sections of the current peer workforce.
Individuals with a direct lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder who are in recovery are eligible to apply for the OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter Certification. Interested individuals must:
A. Have completed an approved 40 hour in-person peer training. Click here for examples.
B. OR have a total of 3 years (work or volunteer) experience as a peer supporter, recovery coach, peer specialist, or peer navigator.
C. All individuals are required to complete the approved 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses, pass the Ohio Peer Supporter Exam, and submit a BCI Report.
If you are interested in applying for the certification, please follow the steps below:
Once The P.E.E.R. Center has ensured your application packet is complete, their designated staff person will bring your application to OhioMHAS where it will be reviewed for approval. If The P.E.E.R. Center determines that your application is not complete, they will return it to you for correction.
Peer Recovery Support Certifications are good for a period of 2 years. Certified Peer Recovery Supporters will complete the re-certification application 60 days prior to the date the certification expires. Applicants will need to submit proof of completion of 30 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEU) to include trainings on trauma informed care and ethics and boundaries. CEU hours that can count towards the recertification must be earned between the effective date of the certification and date the recertification application is submitted.
As with other professional and licensure and certifications, it is necessary for individuals to remain in good standing in order to maintain certification. The Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Code of Ethics is the professional standard of conduct for certification. When working for a provider, Consumer Operated Service, or other organization, it is crucial to abide by the organization’s Employee Code of Conduct and the OhioMHAS Certified Peer Recovery Supporter Code of Ethics.
Professional licensure and certification bodies have clear standardized expectations to ensure individuals adhere to professional standards. In most cases, the standards include a Code of Ethics. When allegations of ethical violations occur, individuals from the certifying body are assigned to take a closer look. For Certified Peer Recovery Supporters, there is a formal Conflict of Interest process. Either Supervisors of Certified Peer Recovery Supporters or individuals they are partnering with for services may file a Conflict of Interest Form.
Depending on the complexity of the Conflict of Interest, the overall process may take a few months. Your patience is appreciated during this process. The OhioMHAS Conflict of Interest Review Committee will consist of four OhioMHAS staff members. All recommendations will be presented to the OhioMHAS Deputy Director of Treatment and Recovery.
An essential component to the incorporation of Peer Recovery Supporters in any organization is regular supervision. In making the decision to assign a supervisor Peer Recovery Supporters, take the following variables into account. The potential supervisor should:
Organizations interested in becoming certified for peer services may apply after July 1, 2016. In order to be certified, organizations must employ Certified Peer Recovery Supporters. Individuals who supervise peers must either be a licensed clinician or Peer Recovery Supporter with at least 5 years work/volunteer experience delivering peer services. Supervisors must complete the 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses specific to peer services and complete the 4 hour in-person OhioMHAS Effective Supervision of Peers training. 14 of the 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses provide Continuing Education Credits. Currently, most courses are available on the E-Based Academy. Individuals interested in supervising Peer Recovery Supporters may begin taking the on-line courses by visiting http://www.ebasedacademy.org/lms/ Additional courses will continue to be added. OhioMHAS is working to schedule regional 4 hour in-person supervision training. Please visit the OhioMHAS training calendar for details.
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