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
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 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.
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.
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.
Peer Support FAQ
Many things have changed in the field of Peer 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 your do for peers in the great state of Ohio.
Information about the certification process is available here: Read More
To avoid delay, it is best to send all completed materials at once. You can include the BCI/FBI reports as long as they are dated within 30 days of the application date. The entire packet must be completed before it can be submitted to OhioMHAS.
OhioMHAS approves or denies applications.
You should complete the training application if you are interested in attending 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 still 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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.
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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.
Yes, anyone who was certified previous to July 1, 2016, has to re-certify under the new procedure. This means those working as Peer Recovery Supporters, Peer Specialists, Recovery Coaches, etc., would have to re-certify. As of July 1, 2016 all previous certifications for peer support, aren’t state recognized. If you include your previous certification in your application, this proves the 40 hours of training. Everyone previously certified under the integrated model, will have to do 2 required EBased Academy courses to make up their 4 required hours:
Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery SupportersSupervision for Peer Recovery Supporters
If you have a certificate from any other model (not the integrated model) you will be required to complete all of the EBased Academy Courses to count as your 16 hours.
- Introduction to Peer Recovery Support
- History of Addiction for Peer Recovery Supporters
- Ethics and Boundaries for Peer Recovery Supporters
- History of the CSX Movement for Peer Recovery Supporters
- Helpful Tips for Peer Recovery Supporters Entering the Workforce
- Health and Wellness in Peer Recovery Support
- Cultural Competence in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery
- Human Trafficking Training for Peer Recovery Supporters
- Supervision for Peer Recovery Supporters
- Trauma Informed Care in Peer Recovery Support
- Ohio S-BIRT: An Introduction to S-BIRT and Motivational Interviewing
After the completion of each course, a certificate of completion is awarded. These certificates are copied and turned in with your application. The State Certification requires these specific courses and completion of each of them. One cannot just do a course twice to count towards their 16 hours.
There’s confusion around the name disqualifying offence waiver and what the form actually is. If you have a disqualifying offence (per list on this site), you cannot become a Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporter. There are no ways around this, per the state requirements. The disqualifying offence form is for individuals who have charges that are not on the disqualifying list but are recent within the 2 year mark. If you have been charged with an non disqualifying offence within the past 2 years, you must complete this form, add an attached explanation, and submit it with your application.
What is the Conflict of Interest form for?
The conflict of Interest form is another misunderstood form. This form is to be filled out if there’s a direct allegation (Report) of a conflict of interest (Violation) of the Certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Pledge. 5122-29-15, or 5122-29-15.1. Please see this page here: Conflict of Interest Process.
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 those earned between when you are certified and when you re-certify count.
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 (e-mail insert – maybe the new one we get for this purpose?) and we will add them to this website’s calendar.
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 email). OhioMHAS is the only agency that has the power to certify peer support CEUs in Ohio.
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 factor in that getting a BCI report can take 6-8 weeks on top of that, this is a lengthy process. It cannot be expedited.
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 fulfills the training course requirement. You will still need to complete all of the E-Based Academy courses and pass the state exam. This would be followed up by submitting the Certification Application, along with the Code of Ethics and getting the BCI/FBI completed.
The answer is no. Probation is part and parcel of the offender’s initial sentence. Parole allows the offender early release from a prison sentence, with agreeing to serve the remaining time outside confinement. Both of which are still an active terms surrounding the conviction(s) .
However, you can apply once you have completed your probation/parole.
When the FBI report states you “may not meet employment qualifications.” This is simply due to the code used and this report is viewed as a “Locked Report”.
OhioMHAS does not have its own “reason code” for FBI checks, so we use the default “Volunteer with Children Act” code. Peer recovery supporters do not work with children, but this is the only option open to us. Unfortunately, sometimes, thinking that you are trying to work with children causes the FBI to “lock” the report.
The work around that OhioMHAS and the Ohio Attorney General’s Office have come up with for a locked report is for you to obtain your (free) FBI rapsheet.
You can still be certified, and to complete the certification process, you need to submit a copy of your FBI rap sheet. Due to federal regulations, this document cannot be sent directly to us, but must be requested and received by you. Please follow the instructions on this report to receive your FBI rap sheet.
Please note: the “Request for Release: FBI Rap Sheet” form is created by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. The AG’s office has let us know that the fax number contained on the form is no longer a working number. Although they have not yet corrected their form, we have been told that you should to fax this request form to 1-866-750-0214.
Once you receive the rapsheet, please forward it to The PEER Center.