Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification

OhioMHAS began formally certifying Peer Recovery Supporters on July 1, 2016. Peer Recovery Supporters in an all-inclusive term consisting of peer specialists, recovery coaches, and peer supporters. In order to have a formal certification, individuals delivering peer services needed to have one title for consistency. Peer Recovery Supporter was chosen as it represents the three largest sections of the current peer workforce.

 

Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Basics

Individuals eligible to apply to be a Certified Peer Recovery Supporter include:

  • Persons with a direct lived experience of a mental health and/or substance use disorder who are actively in recovery and have:
    • Completed the required 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses; and
    • Passed the OhioMHAS Peer Supporter Exam
    • Passed the BCI background check (if an individual has lived outside of Ohio, please also complete the FBI background check
    • Completed an approved 40 hour in-person peer support training OR have a minimum of 3 years verifiable experience as a peer support, peer recovery coach, peer specialist, or peer navigator

E-Based Academy Courses

E-Based Academy Courses for Individuals Applying for the Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Certification OR for Individuals who will be Supervising Certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporters

  1. Introduction to Peer Recovery Support
  2. History of Addiction for Peer Recovery Supporters
  3. Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters
  4. History of the CSX Movement for Peer Recovery Supporters
  5. Helpful Tips for Peer Recovery Supporters Entering the Workforce
  6. Health and Wellness in Peer Recovery Support
  7. Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  8. Human Trafficking Training for Peer Recovery Supporters
  9. Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters
  10. Trauma Informed Care in Peer Recovery Support
  11. Ohio S-BIRT: An Introduction to S-BIRT and Motivational Interviewing

Individuals who have completed the Integrated Peer Supporter training have already completed 12 hours of E-Based Academy Courses and ONLY need to complete the Ethics and Boundaries and Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters. The E-Based Academy may be accessed at http://www.ebasedacademy.org/lms/. E-Based Academy courses are free of charge. For clinicians who will be supervising Certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporters, you may earn 14 CEUs for completing the E-Based Academy courses.

Certification with Work Experience

Individuals with a direct lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder who have at least 3 years verifiable work experience in a position titled peer specialist, peer supporter, peer recovery coach, or peer navigator, completed 16 hours of required E-Based Academy courses, and passed the OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter exam can complete the below forms and e-mail them to ohiopeercertification@mha.ohio.gov:

The OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter Certification is valid for two years. In order to apply for re-certification, individuals much complete 30 hours of continuing education hours including diversity competence, trauma informed care, human trafficking, and work incentive or benefit planning. Re-Certification applications should be submitted within 60 days of certification expiration.

Certification with Training Experience

Individuals with a direct lived experience of a mental health or substance use disorder who have completed an OhioMHAS approved 40 hour in-person peer training, 16 hours of required E-Based Academy courses, and passed the OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter exam can complete the below forms and e-mail them to ohiopeercertification@mha.ohio.gov:

The OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter Certification is valid for two years. In order to apply for re-certification, individuals much complete 30 hours of continuing education hours including diversity competence, trauma informed care, human trafficking, and work incentive or benefit planning. Re-Certification applications should be submitted within 60 days of certification expiration.

Re-Certification

The OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Certification is valid for a period of two years. During those two years, certified individuals need to earn a total of 30 continuing education credits including diversity competence,

trauma informed care, ethics, human trafficking, and work incentive or benefit planning. Re-Certification applications should be submitted within 60 days of certification expiration.  To apply for re-certification, please:

  • Complete the attached Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Re-Certification application, including the names and hours of the 30 continuing education courses completed over the past 2 years.
  • Submit a new Bureau of Criminal Identification and investigation criminal records check, or any other state or federal agency designated by the Director, conducted within thirty days prior to application submission. Please visit the following link to find a location in your community to obtain a BCI: http://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/backgroundcheck
  • Completed applications and BCI, and when appropriate FBI, background checks should be e-mailed to recertification@mha.ohio.gov.

Please maintain copies of any continuing education course certificates completed as OhioMHAS Bureau of Recovery Supports will audit 10% of re-certification applicants. Individuals who are audited will be asked to submit copies of documents that demonstrate completion of continuing education courses within 30 days of the request. Thank you again for your commitment to recovery. If you have any questions about the re-certification process, please e-mail: recertification@mha.ohio.gov.

OhioMHAS Approved 40 hour in-person peer training

  • Examples of approved 40 hour in-person peer services training models include:
    • Appalachian Consulting
    • OhioMHAS Peer Supporter Training
    • Connecticut Community for Addiction Recovery (CCAR)
    • InterNational Association of Peer Specialists (INAPS)
    • Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Certified Peer Specialist training
    • Michigan Department of Community Health Peer Support Specialist Training
    • North Carolina Peer Support Specialists training
    • Arizona Peer Specialist Training
    • Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) 40 hour training
  • If you have taken or are interested in taking a training not listed, please contact the Bureau of Recovery Supports (ohiopeersupport@mha.ohio.gov) to ensure the training meets core competencies required by OhioMHAS.

Reference Form for Peer Recovery Supporter Applicants

Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Re-Certification

Peer Recovery Support Certifications are good for a period of 2 years. Certified Peer Recovery Supporters will complete the re-certification application 60 days prior to the date the certification expires. Applicants will need to submit proof of completion of 30 hours of Continuing Education Credits (CEU) to include trainings on trauma informed care and ethics and boundaries. CEU hours that can count towards the recertification must be earned between the effective date of the certification and date the recertification application is submitted.

Remaining in Good Standing

As with other professional and licensure and certifications, it is necessary for individuals to remain in good standing in order to maintain certification. The Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Code of Ethics is the professional standard of conduct for certification. When working for a provider, Consumer Operated Service, or other organization, it is crucial to abide by the organization’s Employee Code of Conduct and the OhioMHAS Certified Peer Recovery Supporter Code of Ethics.

Conflict of Interest

Professional licensure and certification bodies have clear standardized expectations to ensure individuals adhere to professional standards. In most cases, the standards include a Code of Ethics. When allegations of ethical violations occur, individuals from the certifying body are assigned to take a closer look. For Certified Peer Recovery Supporters, there is a formal Conflict of Interest process. Either Supervisors of Certified Peer Recovery Supporters or individuals they are partnering with for services may file a Conflict of Interest Form.

Depending on the complexity of the Conflict of Interest, the overall process may take a few months. Your patience is appreciated during this process. The OhioMHAS Conflict of Interest Review Committee will consist of four OhioMHAS staff members. All recommendations will be presented to the OhioMHAS Deputy Director of Treatment and Recovery.

Supervising Peer Recovery Supporters

An essential component to the incorporation of Peer Recovery Supporters in any organization is regular supervision. In making the decision to assign a supervisor Peer Recovery Supporters, take the following variables into account. The potential supervisor should:

  • have a thorough understanding of and believe in recovery,
  • believe sharing lived experience is helpful,
  • be available for regular supervision, and
  • supervise no more than five Certified Peer Recovery Supporters.

Organizations interested in becoming certified for peer services may apply after July 1, 2016. In order to be certified, organizations must employ Certified Peer Recovery Supporters. Individuals who supervise peers must either be, at minimum, and individual who:

  1. has been delivering peer services for five years, as a peer navigator, peer supporter, peer specialist, peer recovery coach, or peer recovery supporter; have completed the sixteen-hour on-line e-based academy courses offered through the Ohio department of mental health and addiction services, and have completed the four hour in-person supervising peers training by Ohio department of mental health and addiction services recovery support staff; or,
  2. is a clinician with one of the following licenses:
  1. Licensed social worker;
  2. Licensed independent social worker;
  3. Licensed professional counselor;
  4. Licensed chemical dependency counselor II;
  5. Licensed chemical dependency counselor III;
  6. Licensed professional clinical counselor;
  7. Licensed independent chemical dependency counselor;
  8. Licensed marital and family therapist;
  9. Licensed independent marital and family therapist
  10. Psychologist; or,
  11. Psychiatrist.

Supervisors must complete the 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses specific to peer services and complete the four-hour, in-person OhioMHAS Effective Supervision of Peers training. Fourteen of the 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses provide Continuing Education Credits. Individuals interested in supervising Peer Recovery Supporters may begin taking the E-Based Academy on-line courses by visiting http://www.ebasedacademy.org/lms/. Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/ or the OhioMHAS training calendar for scheduled trainings. If you have questions about supervision, please e-mail ohiopeercertification@mha.ohio.gov.

Guidance for Supervisors of Peer Recovery Supporters:

  • After each e-Based Academy module, complete the survey and download the certificate of completion and print.
  • Once you attend the 4 hours in person Supervisory training for PRS, you will receive a “Certificate of Attendance.
  • Place a copy of the 16 hours of e-Based Academy courses (11 certificates) and a copy of “Certificate of Attendance” of the 4 hour in person training in your agencies Human Resource personal file.

OhioMHAS Peer Certification and Supervisory Database

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