Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Training and Professional Development

Peer Recovery Training OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Training teaches individuals in recovery from a mental health and/or substance use issue to use their experience to help their peers who are also in recovery. To attend training, you must personally be in recovery from an addiction and/or a mental health issue.

Effective January 2020:

All PRS Trainings are hosted and organized by our community partners at the local level. Our community partners may include Mental Health and Recovery Boards, Peer Run Organizations, and Behavioral Health Providers. The local host of each training will determine the registration process. You are not required to submit an application or materials to OhioMHAS until you apply for certification as a Peer Recovery Supporter (after you complete training and pass your online exam). For a list of available trainings, and contact information for each training, view the 40-hour PRS Training Calendar.

Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Training Basics

56-Hour OhioMHAS Integrated Peer Recovery Supporter Training

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Trainings are now offered online. Please review the below guidelines and checklist to determine if online PRS Training is right for you.

Is online PRS Training right for me?

Online PRS Training Guidelines

OhioMHAS, in collaboration with our community partners, supports and coordinates the OhioMHAS Integrated Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) Training. This 56-hour training helps individuals build the foundation of hard and soft skills needed to offer quality Peer Support services. There are (2) parts to the PRS Training:

  1. 16 hours of online eBased Academy Coursework (11 Courses Total): See the eBased Academy Courses tab below for instructions. We strongly recommend beginning these 11 courses as soon as possible.
  2. 40-hours of live, interactive PRS Training: select the 40-HOUR PRS TRAINING CALENDAR above to view available trainings and registration information.

PRS Trainings are facilitated by (2) OhioMHAS-trained facilitators. Each facilitator will be a Peer who is in recovery from a mental health and/or substance use issue. 

After successful completion of the PRS Training, participants will be eligible to take the online PRS Certification Exam and apply for certification as a Peer Recovery Supporter in the State of Ohio. During PRS Training, facilitators will review the steps that you will take after training to apply for certification. 

IMPORTANT: Do not submit materials to OhioMHAS until you have completed PRS training, passed your PRS Certification Exam and completed ALL certification requirements (including eBased Academy coursework). Submitting items individually will delay your certification!


Additional OhioMHAS-approved 40-hour Peer Recovery Supporter Trainings

The below trainings, not organized by OhioMHAS, meet the requirements for the 40-hour Peer Recovery Supporter Training:

  • Appalachian Consulting
  • Arizona Peer Specialist Training
  • Clark State Community College Peer Recovery Fundamentals Course
  • Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
  • Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 40-hour training
  • InterNational Association of Peer Specialists (INAPS)
  • Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky & Southwest Ohio Peer Support Specialist Training
  • Michigan Department of Community Health Peer Support Specialist Training
  • North Carolina Peer Support Specialists training
  • Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Certified Peer Specialist training

If you have taken on of the above OhioMHAS-approved outside trainings and wish to apply for certification, follow this checklist: Applying for Certification using an Outside Training.

If you have taken or are interested in taking a training not listed above, please e-mail the certification team at ohiopeercertification@mha.ohio.gov to ensure the training meets core Peer Support competencies required by OhioMHAS.

eBased Academy Courses

To apply for certification as a Peer Recovery Supporter, you must submit certificates of completion for the below 11 eBased Academy courses. Please complete these courses before attending PRS Training but wait to submit your certificates until you apply for certification. You will submit your certificates of completion as part of your Certification Application Packet (after you complete PRS Training and pass your online exam).

Make sure you complete these titles exactly! There are courses on eBased Academy with very similar names. Register for your free eBased Academy account at www.ebasedacademy.org. Coursework must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer – eBased Academy will not work properly on a phone or a tablet. 

  1. Introduction to Peer Recovery Support
  2. History of Addiction for Peer Recovery Supporters
  3. Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters
  4. History of the CSX Movement for Peer Recovery Supporters
  5. Helpful Tips for Peer Recovery Supporters Entering the Workforce
  6. Health and Wellness in Peer Recovery Support
  7. Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  8. Human Trafficking Training for Peer Recovery Supporters
  9. Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters
  10. Trauma Informed Care in Peer Recovery Support
  11. Ohio S-BIRT 101: An Introduction to S-BIRT and Motivational Interviewing

For technical issues with eBased Academy, please e-mail: MHAhelpdesk@mha.ohio.gov.

Supervision of Peer Recovery Supporters

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:

  • have a thorough understanding of and believe in recovery,
  • believe sharing lived experience is helpful,
  • be available for regular supervision, and
  • supervise no more than five Certified Peer Recovery Supporters.

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, at minimum, and individual who:

  1. has been delivering peer services for five years, as a peer navigator, peer supporter, peer specialist, peer recovery coach, or peer recovery supporter; have completed the sixteen-hour on-line e-based academy courses offered through the Ohio department of mental health and addiction services, and have completed the four hour in-person supervising peers training by Ohio department of mental health and addiction services recovery support staff; or,
  2. is a clinician with one of the following licenses:
  1. Licensed social worker;
  2. Licensed independent social worker;
  3. Licensed professional counselor;
  4. Licensed chemical dependency counselor II;
  5. Licensed chemical dependency counselor III;
  6. Licensed professional clinical counselor;
  7. Licensed independent chemical dependency counselor;
  8. Licensed marital and family therapist;
  9. Licensed independent marital and family therapist
  10. Psychologist; or,
  11. Psychiatrist.

Supervisors must complete the 16 hours of eBased Academy courses specific to peer services and complete the four-hour, in-person OhioMHAS Effective Supervision of Peers training. Fourteen of the 16 hours of eBased Academy courses provide Continuing Education Credits. Individuals interested in supervising Peer Recovery Supporters may begin taking the eBased Academy online courses by visiting http://www.ebasedacademy.org/lms/. Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/ or the OhioMHAS training calendar for scheduled trainings. If you have questions about supervision, please e-mail ohiopeercertification@mha.ohio.gov.

Guidance for Supervisors of Peer Recovery Supporters:

  • After each eBased Academy module, complete the survey and download the certificate of completion and print.
  • Once you attend the 4 hours in person Supervisory training for PRS, you will receive a “Certificate of Attendance.
  • Place a copy of the 16 hours of eBased Academy courses (11 certificates) and a copy of “Certificate of Attendance” of the 4 hour in person training in your agencies Human Resource personal file.

Certification of a Peer Recovery Supporter

After successful completion of an OhioMHAS-Approved 40 hour in-person training, individuals will have the option to apply for Certification as a Peer Recovery Supporter in the State of Ohio.

If you have completed training and are ready to apply for certification, visit the Certification web page. For questions regarding certification, email the Certification Team at ohiopeercertification@mha.ohio.gov

IMPORTANT: Do not apply for Certification until you have completed training, passed the online PRS Certification Exam and completed all Certification Requirements (including eBased Academy). 

Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Re-certification

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. Continuing education credits that can count towards re-certification must be earned between the effective date of the certification and date the Re-certification Application is submitted. Visit the Certification web page for more information.

Remaining in Good Standing

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.

Hotel Accommodations and Mileage Reimbursement

*** Please note, at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hotel accommodations and mileage reimbursement for in-person PRS trainings are not available.

If there is not a PRS Training scheduled in your area, you have the option to apply for a Community Family Partnership Team (CFPT) scholarship to cover hotel accommodations and/or mileage reimbursement at a further training.

For more information, and to download the CFPT Scholarship Application, CLICK HERE.

Submit your completed CFPT Scholarship Application to: Sharon.fitzpatrick@mha.ohio.gov.

CFPT Scholarship Applications must be submitted at least 20 business days prior to the start date of the PRS Training. To apply, you must already be assigned to a PRS Training. Include the full address of the training that you are attending on your CFPT Application. The PRS Training must be at least 50 miles from your home address (one way). ONLY OHIO RESIDENTS MAY APPLY FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP.

OhioMHAS Peer Certification and Supervisory Database

Employer Training through the P.E.E.R. Center

OhioMHAS has partnered with The P.E.E.R. Center to provide technical assistance and “Implementation of Peer Supporters into the Work Place” training to Ohio's agencies.

Send and email to this address to request a training.