Comprehensive Health Family Services'
South Carolina Peer Specialist Certification Board
We provide the listed below board certification training:
(1) Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)
(2) Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) or (VMHPS) Veteran Mental Health Peer Specialist
(3) Whole Health Coaching
(4) Certified Family Partner (CFP)
(5) Certified Family Partner (CFP )Supervisor Training
(6) Juvenile Justice (Endorsement Training)
(7) Special Education (Endorsement Training)
(8) Wraparound Process (Endorsement Training)
(1) Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)
• Must be at least 18 years of age
• Have lived experience with a mental health condition, substance use issue, or both
• Have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Diploma
• Be willing to appropriately share your recovery story
• Be able to demonstrate current self-directed recovery
• Pass criminal history and registry checks (link when live) Next Steps Once you finish reviewing this information, complete the self-assessment below, and sign the acknowledgement, you will be able to apply for the Core training described in Step 2 above. Self-Assessment
• To become a peer specialist must complete a training program and pass written exams. Peer specialists have the opportunity to be aware of and openly share what they have learned in the recovery process.
• How have you handled disclosing to other people that you have faced behavioral health challenges?
• What has helped you move from where you were to where you are now? What did you do? What did others do?
• What have you learned about yourself in your recovery?
• What strengths have you have developed?
• What do you do on a regular basis to help yourself feel well?
• What are some of the beliefs and values you have or have developed that help strengthen and support your recovery?
• How has facing individual challenges impacted your life?
• How might you handle sitting in another’s discomfort?
• What part does a sense of hope or resiliency play in your life and your recovery?
• What are some words you would use to describe this?
• How have you dealt with difficult setbacks?
• • I am willing to disclose to my colleagues and peers that I have struggled with behavioral health challenges. I understand that in doing so, I help educate others about the reality of recovery.
• I have the time needed to participate in a challenging course of study.
• I have taken and completed formal schooling, adult education classes, have a GED or high school diploma.
• I am able to travel away from my home for multi-day trainings.
• I feel ready to be involved in a class that requires active participation.
• I am able to participate in a full 8-hour training day
• I am able to discuss my own recovery story and experience with others
• I can listen to others’ stories and feel empathy for their experience, even when it parallels painful experiences from my past.
• I can arrange for my own transportation needs. Agreement with these statements does not necessarily predict program completion, but they can help you make the decision about whether you are ready for training now.
(2) Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) or Veteran Mental Health Peer Specialist (VMHPS)
Steps for peers to become certified to bill Medicaid South Carolina Peer Specialist Certification has implemented a new peer support benefit for the state Medicaid Program. There is a specific training and certification process that must be followed for peers to be eligible to bill Medicaid. Once certified, individuals will have the credential of “Mental Health Peer Specialist” (MHPS) this credential does not mean a peer is a clinician, rather than the designation of Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS). SC SHARE peer specialist training will be eligible to apply for this new certification.
The following is a summary of the steps for this new training and certification process. You must compete each step, in order, to be eligible for certification.
(1) Review the online orientation materials below and complete the self-assessment. You must acknowledge at the end that you have reviewed the materials. This will enable you to apply for training on the Core Principles of Peer Support (“Core” training).
(2) Apply and take the Core training. Complete the application and submit along with payment by credit card. Application for the Core training is not a competitive process; all eligible applicants are accepted. The current fee is $125 (no refunds). The Core training is a 6-7 hour, facilitated and interactive webinar. You must register at least one week prior to the next scheduled training. Once your application and payment are received by SC Peer Specialist Certification Board you will be sent an email with instructions for logging onto the training. At the end of the Core training is a short knowledge assessment. Once you complete and pass the knowledge assessment you will be able to apply for supplemental training.
(3) Apply for the supplemental training in either mental health or substance use peer support. The training to become an MHPS (Mental Health Peer Specialist) or VMHPS (Veterans Mental Health Peer Specialist) are both a competitive process. If you are accepted, you will be sent an invoice for payment by credit card and information about the training. The current registration fee is $150.00. The supplemental training is a five day, 40 hour, classroom style training held in various cities around the state. Refer to our training calendar for details. At the end of the supplemental training, you will get an email with a link to take an online knowledge assessment. Once you complete and pass the knowledge assessment you will receive instructions for downloading and printing a confirmation that you have successfully completed all the steps in the training process. You will need this document to apply for certification.
Mental Health Peer Specialist Certification Program Competencies
During our 2 week course, participants will learn the following additional competencies:
• Practical assessment skills and basic knowledge of mental health and substance use disorders
• Supporting skills to assist a consumer to develop skills identified in the approved Individual Recovery Plan
• Documentation of services provided including preparation of progress notes
• Computer skills
• Unique role of the peer, using self as a therapeutic presence
• Ethics and professionalism
• Recovery and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP) or similar planning
• Advocacy skills, and
• Cultural competency and sensitivity
(3) Whole Health Coaching
What is Whole Health Coaching?
Whole Health Coaching is a service designed to improve health and wellness. It is a variation of integrative health coaching and is being used in Veterans Health Administration medical centers.
What is whole health?
Whole Health, also known as “Personalized, Proactive, Patient-driven Care,” is an approach to health care that empowers and equips people to take charge of their health and well-being and to live their life to the fullest.
The training is designed for peer specialists who agree to:
• Create and work toward a whole health and resiliency goal
• Provide peer support to reach his/her whole health and resiliency goal
• Facilitate or participate in an 8-week whole health and resiliency peer group