Peer Support Services

Peer support services are an evidence-based mental health model of care provided by a Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS). A CPSS is a family member and/or an individual who has self-identified as having received or is currently receiving behavioral health services. These individuals use their lived experience in combination with skills training to support peers and/or family members with similar experiences. CPSSs support their peers both individually and in groups. Under general supervision, a CPSS performs a wide range of tasks to assist individuals to regain control of their lives and their own recovery and resiliency process. CPSSs provide varying supports, some of which may be offered by others in the behavioral health system, but CPSSs contribute something unique. They are living proof that recovery is possible. They share lived experiences and are willing to share their stories to benefit others.