The development and implementation of a statewide certified peer specialist program

Emily A. Grant, Nathan Swink, Crystal Reinhart, Scott Wituk

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Over the past several decades, peer support services have received increasing attention and support. Recently mental health peer support has become more formalized through the development and implementation of certified peer specialist (CPS) programs. While CPS programs vary from state to state, the basic premise of a CPS program is to train mental health service consumers so that they can provide support to other mental health service consumers who want to follow a path toward recovery. Late in 2007, a certified peer specialist (CPS) program emerged in Kansas following the model set forth in Georgia. This chapter traces the roots of the CPS program from Georgia to Kansas with particular focus on the benefits and crucial facets of the programs thought to be linked to program success. This chapter reports on findings from surveys conducted with over 100 Kansas CPSs. Reported findings include a description of job activities and services, workplace integration, satisfaction, and organizational support. Findings indicate that Kansas CPSs are well-received by many mental health centers, report high job satisfaction, and perceive positive organizational support. Limitations of current research and suggestions for future research are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationMental Health Self-Help
Subtitle of host publicationConsumer and Family Initiatives
EditorsLouis D Brown, Scott Wituk
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781441962539
ISBN (Print)9781441962522, 9781493902460
StatePublished - 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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