MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) and Test Prep Course
Mental Health America (MHA), in collaboration with the Florida Certification Board (FCB), has created the first national, advanced peer specialist certification. Mental Health Connecticut (MHC) is the northeast program facilitator affiliate for this exciting new certification.

The MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (MHA-NCPS) certification was initiated, created and developed by peers who have the experiences, trainings, and job experience to work alongside healthcare teams. The certification demonstrates that an individual is at the top of their field. It requires a higher level of skills, knowledge and experience than any other certification. It is designed to exceed the standards used in public behavioral health around the country. A major purpose of the certification is to meet the needs of private health insurers and private practitioners. Expansion of peer support into the private sector will open up new career paths and opportunities, which have been previously unexplored, for thousands of peer s. This lets peers show they have the highest levels of knowledge and expertise that qualifies them to support people wherever they are.

A MHA-NCPS works in both public and private settings to help others achieve progress through recovery and achieve self-management of goals. True to the peer support spirit, the MHA-NCPS credential does not mean a peer is a clinician. The MHA-NCPS credential emphasizes the principles, guidelines, and core values of peer support. It is not designed to replace current peer trainings but to build upon and enhance current peer-to-peer programs. This means adding additional competencies that ensure peers are able to meet the demands of a changing workforce and increasing opportunities.

how to apply
The application process is found at this link:

Please contact Lyne Stokes, MS Ed., MHC Wellness and Recovery Coordinator at or call 203-757-5431, ext. 114 for more information on the test and how to enroll in the NCPS test preparation course offered at MHC.


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