Peer Support FAQ/Links

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Technical Assistance Calls

Peer supporters are encouraged to call in with questions during time set aside on the second Thursday of every month to (614) 644-1098

National Resources

National Resources

Advocacy Unlimited

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law

Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research

Child and Adolescent Depression Resource Center
This web resource for families, students and practitioners is maintained by the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

Communication Service for the Deaf (CSD)
CSD is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to providing broad-based services, ensuring public accessibility and increasing public awareness of issues affecting deaf and hard of hearing individuals. Through global leadership and a continuum of quality communication services and human service programs, CSD provides the tools conducive to a positive and fully integrated life.

Depression Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA)
DBSA is a patient-directed national organization focusing on the most prevalent mental illnesses. The organization provides scientifically-based tools and information written in language the general public can understand. DBSA supports research to promote more timely diagnosis, develop more effective and tolerable treatments and discover a cure.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI provides education, advocacy and support for people with mental illnesses and their families.

National Association for Rights Protection and Advocacy

National Disability Rights Network

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
NIMH is one of 27 components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is the Federal government’s principal biomedical and behavioral research agency. NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness and behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain and behavior.

The National Mental Health Consumers’ Self-Help Clearinghouse
This is a national technical assistance center for mental health consumers. Information about advocacy, self-advocacy, grant opportunities and free online publications are available.

Mental Health America
This nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping people live mentally healthier lives.

Mental Health Matters

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
Scientists, parent experts and communications professionals help parents prevent, intervene in and find treatment for drug and alcohol abuse by their children.

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse: HIPAA basics

Research Institute on Addictions

SAMHSA’s National Mental Health Information Center
Provides information about mental health via a toll-free telephone number (800) 789-2647), a Web site, and more than 600 publications.

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Peer Support FAQ

Many things have changed in the field of Peer Recovery Support in Ohio and we at The PEER Center want to make sure you have all the information you need to be successful in your roles. As always, thank you for all you do for peers in the great state of Ohio.

Information about the certification process is available here:  OhioPeers and OhioMHAS

In Ohio, the training and certification processes are separate.  Simply completing the training does not automatically make you certified.   If you want to be certified, you must complete the separate certification process.

The training process is handled entirely by OhioMHAS.  Training applications should be sent directly to OhioMHAS at:

OhioMHAS Bureau of Recovery Supports
Attn./ Francine Roman
30 E. Broad St. – 36th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Training applications sent to The PEER Center cannot be forwarded to OhioMHAS and will be returned to the sender.

Certification applications can mailed, scanned, faxed, or e-mailed to:

The PEER Center
Attn: Lisa Kiner
205 N Hamilton Rd
Columbus, OH 43213
614-453-4845 (fax)

Please submit all of your certification materials with your application (40-hour completion certificate, Code of Ethics, eBased Academy certificates).

If you have 3+ years of work/volunteer experience providing direct peer recovery support services, you can use that experience in lieu of the 40-hour training course.  Please note that this only substitutes for the in-person classroom training.  You are still required to complete all of the E-Based Academy courses and pass the state exam. Once you have done so you can complete the certification process.

Yes, anyone who was certified before July 1, 2016, has to go through the current certification process, even if you are currently working in the field. You do not need to take the training again or re-test.  Please include your previous certificate with your application.  Doing so can speed up the processing of your application.

Please note:  before September 2016, the peer recovery supporter training course included 12 hours of eBased Academy learning.  After September 2016, the training included 16 hours of E-Based Academy.  Applicants who completed their training before September 2016 must complete the additional 4 hours to become certified.  The 4 hours are made up of two courses:  Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters and Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters.

It varies, once all materials are received by The PEER Center (including your BCI report), TPC will turn the entire packet over to OhioMHAS for approval/denial.  From the time your information is in the hands of OhioMHAS until you receive an approval/denial could be as much as 90 days or more.  When you consider that getting a BCI report can take 6-8 weeks on top of that, this is a lengthy process.  It cannot be expedited.

To avoid delay, it is best to send all application materials together.  The entire packet must be completed before it can be submitted to OhioMHAS.

No.  If you look closely, the certificate says that you have “completed the requisite training and examination.”  It does not say that you are certified.  If you received this certificate, you successfully completed the OhioMHAS “integrated model” training and passed the exam.  Doing so does not automatically make you certified, or even start the certification process.  If you want to become certified, you have to go through the separate certification process, which includes completing a certification packet and obtaining a BCI report.

Once you are an “Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporter,” you will receive another document that displays your certification ID number and expiration date.

  1. Introduction to Peer Recovery Support
  2. History of Addiction for Peer Recovery Supporters
  3. Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters
  4. History of the CSX Movement for Peer Recovery Supporters
  5. Helpful Tips for Peer Recovery Supporters Entering the Workforce
  6. Health and Wellness in Peer Recovery Support
  7. Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
  8. Human Trafficking Training for Peer Recovery Supporters
  9. Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters
  10. Trauma Informed Care in Peer Recovery Support
  11. Ohio S-BIRT: An Introduction to S-BIRT and Motivational Interviewing

After you complete each course, a certificate of completion for that course will be “unlocked.” Please copy these certificates and turn them in with your application.

Please note that certification requires these specific 11 courses.  You cannot substitute any of the other eBased Academy programs for these requirements.

OhioMHAS approves or denies all applications.

OhioMHAS Peer Recovery Supporter Certifications are good for two years. If you want to renew your certification, you must complete 30 hours of CEUs during the certification period. Only CEUs you earn after you are certified, and have a certificate number, will count towards your re-certification. For example, if you attended a training class last week, and received your certification today, you would not be able to use those CEUs.  Only CEUs earned between when you are certified and when you re-certify count towards the 30 hours.

You should complete the training application if you are interested in attending the OhioMHAS Integrated Peer Recovery Supporter Training. This is a 40 hour in person training and is the first step on the way to becoming an Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporter (work experience can be substituted for this course, email for details). The PEER Center processes applications for certification, OhioMHAS handles all things related to training, such as scheduling trainings, locating training records, offering the exam, etc. If you have questions about training, contact OhioMHAS at The PEER Center only processes certification applications and cannot help you with anything training related. Training applications submitted to The PEER Center will be returned.

Maybe.  In general, CEUs are only awarded for trainings that specifically deal with peer support, so not all social work or counseling CEUs will qualify.  If you are interested in a training or have attended a course and you are wondering if it would qualify for CEUs, please e-mail OhioMHAS at  OhioMHAS is the only agency that has the power to certify peer recovery support CEUs in Ohio.

eBased Academy is supported by a 3rd party vendor. We cannot help you with any problems related to eBased Academy.  Please contact them directly 

No, BCI checks must be completed within 30 days of your application date. Previous background checks, no matter when they were done or for what purpose, cannot be used if they are over 30 days old. There are no exceptions to this rule. You should complete all other parts of the application before having a background check. That way if you encounter any delays or other snags, you will not have to worry about the 30-day expiration date.

If you have had a criminal conviction within three years of applying for certification, no matter what the conviction is for, you must complete a “non-disqualifying offense waiver.”  If it has been more than three years, you do not need to complete a waiver.

Please note:  this form is called the “non-disqualifying offense waiver.”  If you have been convicted of a disqualifying offense (per list on this site), you cannot become an Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporter. This is true no matter the specific circumstances surrounding the conviction or how long ago it was.  This is state law and there are no exceptions.

That is a good question.  So far the focus from the state of Ohio has been on getting everyone certified.  There has not been a lot of focus on CEUs.  The first round of certifications will not expire until the fall of 2018.  Hopefully as we get closer to that date, more and more CEU courses will become available.  If you know of any CEU opportunities in your community, please let us know at and we will add them to this website’s calendar.

Many people think that after completing the training and exam they only need to send a BCI/FBI report to The PEER Center to become certified.  This is not true.  To become certified you must complete the separate certification process, which includes completing a certification packet and obtaining a BCI report.  Simply sending us a BCI report does not make you certified.

If you did not send us any application materials other than a BCI report, we had no way to contact you.  BCI/FBI reports list only a person’s name and birthdate.  The reports do not include any other contact information.  Unless you send us a certification packet, we do not have any way to reach you.

No.  If you are on probation or parole you cannot apply for certification.  You must wait until you have completed your probation/parole and are completely “off paper” before applying.  There are no exceptions to this rule.

Sometimes FBI reports say that an applicant “may not meet standards for employment.” If this happens, the certification process requires the applicant to get a copy of their FBI rap sheet, which is a completely different document from an FBI report. FBI rap sheets can be obtained from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office at no cost.  Due to federal regulations, the FBI rap sheet cannot be requested by or sent directly to The PEER Center.  You must obtain your own rap sheet and have it sent to your address by following the instructions on the report.  Once you have received the rap sheet you should forward a copy to The PEER Center.

This is not uncommon and it does not disqualify you from becoming certified.

You can find more information about peer support in Ohio here: OhioMHAS Peer Support. There is a helpful PowerPoint about certification here:

Certification Symposium PP – 4.2.18 and Certification PowerPoint OhioMHAS