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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.

This project has now entered the item writing phase.  We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

Both MHA and the FCB understand that there are many questions and concerns when a new credential is established.  For more information about this project, please review these documents:

Under the Microscope  The National Association of County Behavioral Health and Developmental Disability Directors published “A Single National Standard for Peer Specialist Certification” on July 1, 2016.  This document describes the intent and purpose of the credential and includes a “call to action.”

Open Letter to the Peer Community.  This document speaks to the concerns raised by some members of the peer community regarding national credentialing.

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