peer supporters   

Upcoming Training Calendar

Athens, Vinton & Hocking Counties:
June 8-12, 2015

June 20, 21, 27, 28 & July 5

Cleveland: July 27-31, 2015

Columbus: August 3-7, 2015

Akron: August 17-21, 2015

(The Akron Training is for Summit County ONLY, and is for a specific population - please contact us with questions.


Code of Ethics

We are excited to have merged programs with Peer Recovery Coaching for addiction to offer you the best possible training.  We believe that this model will best prepare skillful, ethical, well-rounded Peer Supporters for mental health and/or addiction recovery.  Click here to view our new Code of Ethics, and click here to visit the Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery website.


For our integrated curriculum (PS-MH, PS-A or PS-A/MH)

*30 CEUs required (specific to which of the above three certificates you hold)

* Complete your CEUs before your certificate expires

* You must keep track of your hours and certificates of attendance.

* 30 days before your certificate expires, you will fill out a re-certification form (which we will post soon) and mail/fax/email that along with copies of your CEU verifications.  Do not send these in ahead of time.

* At this time, we will mail you a new certificate, good for another 2 years.

* If you were certified before July 1, 2013 - your requirements of 20 hours of continuing education will stay the same, even when you renew your Peer Specialist certificate.

* We are no longer requiring practicum hours. 


Upcoming CEU Opportunities

Case Western Reserve University

Free online web courses via eBased Academy - click here

Educational Training at the Neil Kennedy Recovery Clinic (Dublin, OH) - click here

Magellan Health's Resiliency and Recovery Webinars - click here

Free OSU Web Course: "Creating Opportunities for Healthy Communities" - click here

What is an Ohio Peer Supporter?

An Ohio Peer Supporter in mental health, addiction, or both (aka PS-MH, PS-A, or PS-A/MH), is an individual who has lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction to alcohol and other drugs, and has also completed formal training in the integrated mental health peer specialist and addiction recovery coaching model through Ohio Empowerment Coalition and Ohio Citizen Advocates for Addiction Recovery. These individuals use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers with similar experience.


Peer Supporters actively work within an organization's collaborative support structure as a defined part of the recovery team. Specifically, part of the PSs job description is to utilize the lived experience as a tool to help others move forward on their recovery journey.

How do I become an Ohio Peer Supporter?

1.) Fill out and submit an application.

** Applications may be mailed (6797 North High St., Columbus, Ohio 43085-2533), faxed (614-310-8966), or emailed (**

2.) After a training is scheduled in your area (which will be announced on our website) we will contact you regarding your admission status.

3.) Take the Ohio Peer Supporter Training

          * Our new curriculum was completed in March, 2013, so in the future we will be using a slightly different
           format than in the past than you may have previously heard about.  There will be 12 hours of online pre-
           course work and 40 hours of in-person training.

          * The training costs vary depending on multiple regional factors.  Thus far, the trainings have ranged
            from $200 to $500 per person.  Every individual (not affiliated with an organization
            an organization funding their training) is automatically considered for a scholarship - no paperwork     

4.) Take the Ohio Peer Supporter Examination and receive a score of 70% or higher.


Where can I find an Ohio Peer Supporter?

Peer Supporters can be found working in environments such as:

  • Crisis Services Community

  • Mental Health Centers

  • Peer Run Programs / Consumer Operated Services

  • In and Outpatient Care

  • Veteranís Hospitals

  • Federally Qualified Health Clinics

  • Supported Living Arrangements

  • Prisons and Forensic Areas

  • CRS-Community Recovery Services

  • Homeless Shelters

  • Community Resource Centers

  • Drop In Centers and Clubhouses

  • CSP-Community Support Program

  • CCS-Comprehensive Community Services

  • ADRCís-Aging and Disability Resource Center

  • Independent Living Centers Family Care

For Employers

The OEC realizes peer support is a newer development for prospective employers in Ohio.  Because of this, OEC has developed a number of educational  and informative materials (see below) to help professionals better understand the value and benefit to adding Peer Specialists to their staff.  Please contact us regarding our training and presentation options.

Employer Guide

Sample Job Description

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6797 N. High St. Ste 238 Columbus, OH 43085-2533
614.310.8054 877.643.6701 Fax 614.310.8966
Funded By: The Ohio Department Of Mental Health and Addiction Services