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.
Are you looking to make a career in peer support? Discover how earning the National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) certification can help you demonstrate your exceptional skills, knowledge, and experience.
To become nationally certified, individuals must register with the Florida Certification Board, pay application fees, and receive approval to take the test. Individuals can also opt to take a test prep class (not required but highly recommended). When ready, the Peer Support Specialist must take the test on-site at MHC, the New England host for administering the test. There are a lot of moving parts to becoming nationally certified and Mental Health Connecticut is here to guide you through the process, from start to finish.
Classes and tests are available in June and August 2019. Visit www.mhconn.org/NCPS for more information.
Opportunities for peers are on the rise, from inclusion in primary care to stand-alone support to expansion into the private sector. Becoming an NCPS-credentialed peer support specialist demonstrates that you are on the cutting edge of a rapidly growing field. Earning the NCPS shows employers and payers that you have significant knowledge, experience, and skills that set you apart and set you up for a career in peer support.
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.