Peer Specialists

Peer specialists help others find hope and healing. We certify two types of peer specialists. 

  • Certified peer specialist: An individual with experience in the mental health and substance use services system trained to provide support to others struggling to find a path to recovery. 
  • Certified parent peer specialist: An individual with experience raising a child with behavioral health challenges trained to utilize their experience navigating services in support of other parents.  

Certification is awarded after successful completion of a training course and passage of an exam. 

Certified peer specialists and certified parent peer specialists are employed by providers of mental health and substance use services. Ask your provider about whether a peer specialist is available to support your journey to recovery.

Training schedules

Many organizations sponsor training courses for certified peer specialists and certified parent peer specialists. Visit the Wisconsin Peer Specialist website for information on upcoming certified peer specialist and certified parent peer specialist trainings.​

REGISTER NOW: Peer Recovery Conference

The 2021 Peer Recovery Conference is August 18-20, 2021, over Zoom. This event promotes effective peer support within community mental health and substance use services. Peer specialists and other people interested in supporting people with mental health and substance use concerns more effectively are encouraged to attend. The registration fee is $75. Scholarships are available. View the agenda and information on how to register


Do you have a question or concern about certified peer specialists and/or certified parent peer specialists? Email the Division of Care and Treatment Services

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Last Revised: July 21, 2021