Missouri Peer Specialist

Welcome

The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) initiative is a significant part of the behavioral health transformation efforts taking place in Missouri. This Website is “home” to registration for training events, information on training content, the online exam and other information regarding Peer Specialists in Missouri. 

2024 VIRTUAL CPS Trainings

  • May 13-17, 2024
  • May 20-24, 2024
  • June 17-21, 2024
  • June 24-28, 2024
  • July 8-12, 2024
  • July 22-26, 2024
  • August 5-9, 2024
  • August 19-23, 2024
    • September 9-13, 2024
    • September 16-20, 2024
    • October 7-11, 2024
    • October 14-18, 2024
    • November 4-8, 2024
    • November 18-22, 2024
    • December 2-6, 2024
    • December 16-20, 2024

SPECIAL 2024 VIRTUAL CPS Training

The Department of Social Services is helping to pay for a special Certified Peer Specialist training program being held  June 3-7, 2024. If you’re eligible, you can get a special code that lets you take the training for free!

The following are the qualifications for the free training:

  1. You’re either between 18 and 24 years old and don’t have a kid, or you’re 25 or older and do have a kid. You could even be pregnant or a parent who doesn’t have custody of their child. AND
  2. Your family’s income is at or below a certain level called the Federal Poverty Level. Don’t worry, there’s a chart that shows what that level is for different family sizes.

If you meet these requirements and want to get the coupon code for the training, just send an email to Kim at kimberly.crouch@missouricb.com.

  • June 3-7, 2024

In order to take Peer Specialty training, you must already hold a CPS, CRPR, FSP or YPS credential

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid training is highly encouraged for all Certified Peer Specialists, and is required to apply for the international peer credential (Certified Reciprocal Peer Recovery—CRPR).  Mental Health First Aid training also counts towards the renewal of any MCB credential, including Certified Peer Specialist. 

Click here to find out how you can take Mental Health First Aid training: 

CPS ECHO

The CPS Echo is a great opportunity to learn from a panel of seven subject matter experts and get feedback from other peer specialists.  They happen on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and each one attended is worth one contact hour.  It is FREE, and these contact hours can be used towards renewing your CPS credential.   Each ECHO will consist of the panel providing some information to the peer specialists (around 20 minutes), and then the rest of the time is spent reviewing case studies which have been submitted ahead of time by peer specialists.   To sign up for the CPS ECHO’s, please click on this link: Show-Me ECHO: Move Knowledge, Not Patients (showmeecho.org)

Support systems are so important for mental health recovery.
Having the support of a peer with personal experience and understanding can make all the difference in the world.

Credit to the Missouri Mental Health Foundation with the help of the Missouri Department of Mental Health.

Training Expectations

Helpful Tools

Information regarding the purpose and content of the training and expectations for the role of the peer specialist.

Helpful Resources

Helpful Documents

The Pillars of Peer Support Services are recognized as valuable tools to support recovery. Each Summit generated a report  available for viewing on this website.

Info for Providers

Various articles assisting Recovery Providers are available in this section of the website. Items include first person accounts and various handouts.

Links & Resources

Links to other Peer Specialist resources. Convenient access to information regarding national, state and organization based activities related to peer support.

Missouri Certified
Peer Specialist

The Missouri Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health, recognizes the Missouri Credentialing Board as the sole source for certified peer credentials (Certified Peer Specialist, Family Support Provider, Youth Peer Specialist, and Certified Reciprocal Peer Recovery).  No other credentialing sources will be recognized as meeting the requirements for peers working in DBH certified and contracted programs.