New York is Helping Peer Specialists Become Certified

The Office of Mental Health is currently paying for all initial certification fees for eligible candidates to earn their New York Certified Peer Specialist (NYCPS) certification.

Peer specialists help others in recovery with a mental health condition or major life disruption.  In order to earn the NYCPS one must complete a free training, agree to the NYPSCB Code of Ethical Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures, complete at least 2000 hours of peer specialist experience under supervision, submit three references and apply for the certification.  Peer Specialists are individuals who are themselves in recovery from a mental health condition or major life disruption and have shown to provide support to others in their recovery process.

Peer specialists help others in recovery by assisting them the tasks of managing daily skills for healthy living, helping them stay motivated through social and emotional support, linking them to clinical care and community resources, and by offering long-term, proactive support.  

Earning the NYCPS can assist individuals with securing meaningful employment and may qualify them to bill Medicaid.

I recommend that if you are interested in earning your NYCPS that you first review the application, You can also review information on the certification on the NY Peer Specialists website or call 518-426-0945.  You can begin your training by clicking here, then click on the login button, and create a new account. The training platform has been very well constructed and of high quality. I would also recommend speaking to other peer specialists about their work in order to assess if it is a fit for you.

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8 comments

  • Comment Link Beth Vanbeek Monday, 29 March 2021 08:07 posted by Beth Vanbeek

    Hi Alyssa Mendoza,
    I believe it would best to reach out to the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board to see if they have any information on being a volunteer in your community.
    I have provided their contact information below.
    (518) 426-0945
    [email protected]
    You may also want to reach out to your local YMCA, community outreach center or homeless shelters as well.

  • Comment Link Alyssa Mendoza Sunday, 28 March 2021 12:39 posted by Alyssa Mendoza

    Hello, I was wondering if you had any advice for a person who completed their modules with the Peer Academy. I finished, now i'm confused at what to do next. It's difficult to find openings for Peer Specialists and now since were in a pandemic its a bit more difficult. I would like to find a place to let me volunteer before applying for employment.

  • Comment Link Beth Vanbeek Wednesday, 02 December 2020 08:32 posted by Beth Vanbeek

    Hello Laura L. McIntosh,
    If you are interested in earning your NYCPS we recommend that you first review the application by using the following URL: http://nypeerspecialist.org/files/NYCPS%20Application%20Jan%202018.pdf
    You can also review information about the certification on the NY Peer Specialists website: http://nypeerspecialist.org/ or call 518-426-0945.
    You can begin your training by going to the following website: https://www.academyofpeerservices.org/, then click on the login button and create a new account.
    I would also recommend speaking to other peer specialists about their work in order to assess if it is a fit for you

  • Comment Link Laura L. McIntosh Saturday, 28 November 2020 10:11 posted by Laura L. McIntosh

    Hello,
    My name is Laura and I am very interested in obtaining a certification to become a peer recovery specialist.
    Please send me the information as to how I can get started.

    Thank you
    Laura

  • Comment Link Beth Vanbeek Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:59 posted by Beth Vanbeek

    Hello Yelena Razdolskaya

    If you are interested in earning your NYCPS we recommend that you first review the application by using the following URL: http://nypeerspecialist.org/files/NYCPS%20Application%20Jan%202018.pdf
    You can also review information about the certification on the NY Peer Specialists website: http://nypeerspecialist.org/ or call 518-426-0945. You can begin your training by going to the following website: https://www.academyofpeerservices.org/, then click on the login button, and create a new account. I would also recommend speaking to other peer specialists about their work in order to assess if it is a fit for you

  • Comment Link Beth Vanbeek Tuesday, 29 September 2020 08:57 posted by Beth Vanbeek

    Hello Barbara Fabrizi,
    If you are interested in earning your NYCPS we recommend that you first review the application by using the following URL: http://nypeerspecialist.org/files/NYCPS%20Application%20Jan%202018.pdf
    You can also review information about the certification on the NY Peer Specialists website: http://nypeerspecialist.org/ or call 518-426-0945.
    You can begin your training by going to the following website: https://www.academyofpeerservices.org/, then click on the login button and create a new account.
    I would also recommend speaking to other peer specialists about their work in order to assess if it is a fit for you

  • Comment Link yelena Razdolskaya Tuesday, 29 September 2020 02:41 posted by yelena Razdolskaya

    hello, i'm interested in telehealth training.
    please send me more information about it.
    thank you

  • Comment Link Barbara Fabrizi Monday, 28 September 2020 19:27 posted by Barbara Fabrizi

    I would like to take a course for certification.

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