Peer Support 

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!

Working in peer support is an especially rewarding experience. You get to share the tools, skills, and information you have learned to transform your own life with individuals going through similar struggles. Not only do you get to contribute to the lives of others, but you also improve your own recovery and wellbeing in the process.

If you are interested in working as a Peer Support Specialist, you will likely have to participate in some sort of training. Mental Health America of Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Training is a 40-hour course provided over five consecutive days designed for certification in the states of both Kentucky and Ohio. 

Upcoming Training Information

The next training will be held virtually the week of Monday, January 17 through Friday, January 21, 2022 from 8:00 AM- 4:30 PM. The deadline for applications, references, and payment is January 10, 2022. Participants must have a tablet, laptop, or PC to complete the training virtually—cell phones do not have the capabilities necessary to participate in activities. Temporary grant funding allows us to scholarship Kentucky residents ($350 value) after satisfying requirements.


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.