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Peer support specialists are in high demand in behavioral health across the nation.  To meet this demand, Mental Health America, in collaboration with the Florida Certification Board, announces the first national, advanced  peer specialist certification, which was also conceived and developed by peers.  The MHA-NCPS credential recognizes peers with the lived experience, training, and job experience to work alongside healthcare teams. An MHA NCPS works in both public and private settings to help others achieve recovery and self-management of goals.  True to the spirit of peer support, the credential does not mean a peer is a clinician. It emphasizes and expects that all duties reflect the principles, guidelines, and core values of peer support.  It is not designed to replace current trainings but to build upon and enhance current programs. This means adding additional competencies that ensure peers are able to meet the demands of a changing workforce and increasing opportunities.

Becoming a MHA National Certified Peer Specialist (NCPS) demonstrates that an individual is at the top of their field. It requires a higher level of skills, knowledge and experience than any other certification. Employers know that they are getting the best.  For an overview of the credential requirements, please review the MHA NCPS Credential Standards Tables.

Click here to access the MHA NCPS Candidate Guide and application forms.

Mental Health America and the Florida Certification Board are pleased to announce a scholarship program for persons seeking the MHA NCPS credential. There are a total of 110 available scholarships for each of the following certification fees:

               Certification Application for $225. The Application for Certification fee is $225.

               Certification Exam for $50. The Certification Exam fee is $200.  This scholarship provides a $50 discount.

              Please download, complete and submit the MHA NCPS Scholarship Application.

For additional information from Mental Health America, please click here to access MHA’s Center for Peer Support.  From this link, you can find many peer resources, including information related to this credential.  In order to explain the intent of the credential to potential stakeholders, MHA has also published open letters to the Peer Community  and to Behavioral Health Providers.