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Criminal Background Checks for Adult Family or Youth Peer Supporter Certification

All individuals applying for Adult, Family or Youth Peer Supporter certification must obtain BOTH a BCI and FBI criminal background check.

Complete Steps 1 & 2 Below:

  1. Find a background check agency in your area (CLICK HERE TO SEARCH FOR AN AGENCY NEAR YOU!)
  2. Have your FBI and BCI background checks sent from the agency directly to OhioMHAS. Please note, background checks will only be accepted if received directly from the background check agency. Background checks will not be accepted if submitted directly by the applicant or another organization (including the applicant’s employer).

Provide the below mailing address to the background check agency:

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
ATTN: Peer Services
30 East Broad Street, 36th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

*** Make sure to have your background checks sent to Peer Services’ attention. Background checks without “Peer Services” included in the address will not arrive! ***

Background Check Codes:

  • For BCI use: “Other: Ohio Certified Peer Supporter”
  • For FBI use: “Volunteer Children’s Act”