Access to Independence, with the partnership of other organizations, is establishing a career ladder for Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) in the state of Wisconsin, for consumers with mental illnesses. It will allow for Certified Peer Specialists to be hired in all of the Wisconsin major mental health programs beyond outpatient care. This will effectively allow funding for Certified Peer Specialists via Medicaid by meeting CMS Standards for Certified Peer Specialists. An approved training program and certification exam will be required as well as Continuing Education Hours.
Please contact Alice F. Pauser for more details.
Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists (CPS) are persons who have not only lived the experience of mental illness but also have had formal training in the peer specialist model of mental health supports. They use their unique set of recovery experiences in combination with solid skills training to support peers who have mental illness. Peer Specialists actively incorporate peer support into their work while working within an agencies team support structure as a defined part of the recovery team.