The goal of the Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialist Employment Initiative is to promote the hiring of Certified Peer Specialists onto Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder Recovery Teams in both the public and private sector.
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The Updated Employer Toolkit
This toolkit is available for the two year pilot program for the Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Parent Peer Specialist Programs.
Certified Peer Specialist Supervision
The Division of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (DMHSAS) oversees the certification of Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) which allows individuals to work within programs and/or agencies to provide peer support. DMHSAS strongly believes that CPS, like many professionals providing services to individuals with mental illness and/or substance use disorders, benefit from employer supervision. Below is guidance on what employer supervision should be.
For Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists working in a program or agency that provides services that are reimbursed by Medicaid, DMHSAS adheres to Federal guidance that Peer Specialists must have supervision by a mental health professional, must be coordinated within the context of coordinated service plans and have continuing education. These programs have structured roles and supervision requirements that can be utilized by a CPS for employer supervision.
For Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists working in a program or agency that provides services that are NOT reimbursed by Medicaid, such as Peer Run Respite, Peer Run Organizations and others; DMHSAS anticipates that the program or agency will provide supervision, by a knowledgeable and skilled individual, who understands the role of peer specialists, which will focus, not only on employment, but the peer specialist’s work and skills in working with individuals with mental health and substance use disorders. CPS and employers should be aware if the program or agency’s funding sources have supervision requirements and abide by those requirements.
The New 2017 Employer Toolkit
This toolkit is available for the two year pilot program for the Certified Peer Specialist and Certified Parent Peer Specialist programs.
If you are submitting a job announcement it must be in a .pdf format for posting or provide a direct hyperlink to the posting.
If you are an employer and would like to request technical assistance regarding hiring, integrating and supporting a Peer Specialist please fill out a Technical Assistance Form
Hiring and Supporting Certified Peer Specialists in Wisconsin (WI-DHS)
We've Hired Peer Specialists...Now What! A PowerPoint by Janis Tondora, Psy.D