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The Florida Certification Board is working in partnership with Mental Health America to develop and implement a national, accredited certification for whole health peer specialists that will set new standards in the field.  This credential has been peer initiated and conceived.

The development of a new credential is a complex process.  MHA established a national panel of subject matter experts, most of whom are accomplished leaders in the peer community, to guide the development of the credential.  The team has completed the Role Delineation Study, which resulted in the MHA NCPS core competencies and examination blueprint.  Please download the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist RDS Report for detailed information.

Seeking Item Writers!

The FCB is preparing to launch an item writing training, item writing and item validation effort and we need subject matter experts who are willing to volunteer their valuable time and expertize as we develop the item bank for the MHA National Certified Peer Specialist credential.  To limit financial impact, the FCB is planning a series of webinars and does not intend to hold any face-to-face meetings.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this exciting project — or if you know someone who would be a fantastic MHA-NCPS item writer, please review and complete the MHA-FCB Item Writer Nomination Form by August 1, 2016.

We are excited to be moving into this next phase of the credential development process.   Please continue to visit this site for information regarding the credential application process in the coming months.

If you have any questions about this program, please do not hesitate to contact Patrick Hendry at or Amy Farrington at