Peer Recovery Support

Peer Services are a process of giving and receiving support and education from individuals with shared life experiences. Peer Services are provided by individuals in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction who use their lived experience as a tool to assist others by sharing their personal journeys and knowledge. Individuals engaged in peer services play a vital role in laying the foundation for sustained recovery. They encourage, inspire and empower others to set recovery goals and achieve them.

OhioMHAS Integrated Peer Recovery Supporter Training

Individuals in recovery with a direct lived experience of mental health and/or substance use disorders who are interested in taking a 40-hour, in-person, peer-services training, may apply to take the OhioMHAS Peer Services Training. The integrated peer support curriculum was funded through a SAMHSA grant in an effort to promote the widespread adoption of recovery-oriented supports, services and systems for people in recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders. At the time of its development, few states had a curriculum that was designed to train individuals with both mental health and substance use disorders.

OhioMHAS staff review and approve training applications and coordinate trainings for Mental Health and Recovery Boards, Consumer Operated Services, and Behavioral Health Providers. As a part of the training process, individuals must complete 16 hours of E-Based Academy courses and pass the OhioMHAS Peer Supporter Exam. E-Based Academy course may be accessed at

Recovery is the personal process of change in which Ohio residents strive to improve their health and wellness, resiliency, and reach their full potential through self-directed actions.