Peer Support Services

What is a Peer?

Certified Peer Support Specialists are trained to use lived experiences in a professional manner to help other people recover. Peer Support Specialists; give encouragement, hope, guidance, and understanding through the recovery process. We utilize lived experiences to form a mutual relationship of equals to support those in recovery. We assist them with the process of moving from hopelessness to hope!

MHA's Center for Peer Support has the latest information and promotional materials on peer support, certification, peer-run programs, support groups, and current research on the efficacy of peer support. Click here to visit the Center.

Click here for the 2020 Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialist Resource Guide from Bridgehaven Center for Peer Excellence.

Become Certified in Peer Support

If you want to help others with the experiences and knowledge you’ve gained through mental illness and/or substance abuse recovery, this training might be for you! Through our Kentucky Adult Peer Support Specialist Training, you’ll learn how to empower others, use your personal story to assist other consumers through experience, develop new skills, and enhance your personal recovery in the process.

KY  Peer Support Specialist Training

The next training will be held the week of Monday, September 14 - Friday, September 18, 2020 from 9:00AM - 4:30PM through a virtual platform (details to follow acceptance). 

Additional (tentative) 2020 training dates include:

  • December 7-11

OH Peer Support Recovery Supporter Trainings

The Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) recently initiated a LEAN Six Sigma method process to improve the peer training and certification processes. In partnership with stakeholders, OhioMHAS is pleased to announce a modernization to the peer recovery supporter program including the creation of streamlined training, certification, and re-certification applications, new training and certification applications, streamlined the certification process and website. To simplify the certification application process, OhioMHAS will begin receiving certification applications directly at This work will support the vision to place increased emphasis on integrating certified peers into the workforce and provide increase access to services for people with mental health and/or substance use disorders. Please visit OhioMHAS's new Peer Recovery Support Services landing page for additional information and progress updates.  

Employment Opportunities

Peers with lived experience with mental and substance use disorders work along side of healthcare teams. Peer Support Specialist form a mutual relationship of equals to support those in recovery. Peer Support Specialists empathize, engage, educate, and empower those in recovery by offering genuine insight and encouragement. Peers assist people to learn/ regain the tools and skills they need to live self-directed, self-sufficient, and purposeful lives.

Check out our Employment Opportunities page for openings. For more information please contact Jill King at 859-431-1077 ext 103.  

Peer Services

Warren and Clinton County Ohio Compeer

Compeer operates in Warren and Clinton Counties, Ohio. The volunteer program helps people with mental illness live happier, healthier, more productive lives through the power of volunteer friendship! Compeer utilizes volunteer friendship to help people with mental illness feel more connected to their community, feel less loneliness & isolation and to increase their self esteem and independence. There are many volunteer opportunities available. You can make a difference through 1-1 friendships, phone matches, or by teaching a skill. No experience necessary. All it takes is a caring heart. There are 168 hours in a you have a couple to share? It's fun.

  1. You'll be doing recreational activities with a friend; like going to the movies, out to eat, sporting events or even taking a class together.
  2. It's flexible. It can fit into almost anyone's schedule. It only takes a few hours a month.
  3. It's rewarding. You'll feel good about yourself.
  4. It's a great way to meet people.
  5. It's worthwhile. You'll be making a difference in your community, your world, and in the lives of people recovering from mental illness.

To volunteer contact Michelle Rolf at or 513-721-2910 ext 11.

Northern Kentucky Recovery Network Peer Support

Peer specialists offer at no charge, goal oriented support for people who want help with their recovery from mental or substance use. Individual assistance and group activities help clients achieve their Employment, Mental Health, Physical Health, Social Health, Education, Housing, Legal issues and Substance Abuse goals.

Become Involved

Peer Connections

Stay involved with other peers in the region by attending monthly meetings to learn more about resources and share in community wide service projects. Contact: Martin W. ( or Cristin G. ( at the PIER or call 859-547-6539.

Empowerment Team

Volunteer Peers oversee the activities of all Certified Peer Support Specialists in the Northern Kentucky area. The Empowerment Team meets monthly. Contact: Martin W. ( or Cristin G. ( at the PIER or call 859-547-6539.