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State Certification Directory

Welcome to the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence’s State Certification Directory for Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training. This directory contains information regarding the training and certification processes for all 50 U.S. states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The certification information in this directory covers state certification in mental health, substance use, integrated, family, and family and adult. Additional information on these terms can be found in the "Glossary" below.

The purpose of this directory is to house up-to-date information on training and certification processes around the country. The information in this directory will be regularly updated. However, because each state handles its own certification processes, and they are ever- changing, it may occasionally have old information. If you see that your state’s information is out-of-date or have any questions, please contact Tim Saubers at tim.saubers@austin.utexas.edu.

You may search by state, certification type, or both. Simply use the drop-down menus below to begin.


Glossary

  1. Family – This certification covers the experience of raising youth with mental health and / or substance use challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, raising youth under the age of 18 as well as supporting adult children. Family is not limited to biological family, but can vary to include grandparents, foster parents, and those in guardianship roles, among others. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to family and usually requires lived experience.

  2. Family and Adult – This certification covers the experience of raising youth with mental health and / or substance use challenges. It also includes having direct lived experience of mental health and / or substance use challenges. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to both families and adults, regardless of lived experience.

  3. Integrated – This certification covers the experience of living with mental health challenges, substance use challenges, or both. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to adults with one or both of the lived experiences mentioned previously. This certification usually requires direct lived experience, and is the most common certification type.

  4. Mental Health – This certification covers the experience of living with mental health challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, a clinical mental health diagnosis, trauma experiences, and life-altering experiences. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to adults with mental health challenges and usually requires lived experience.

  5. Substance Use – This certification covers the experience of living with substance use challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, a clinical substance use diagnosis. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to adults with substance use challenges and usually requires lived experience.