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.​

Data briefs

Integrated Exam Score and Pass Rate, P-02541-01 (PDF)
This data brief reviews the results from the five certified peer specialist exams administered for the pilot integrated certified peer specialist project from September 2017 through September 2018.

Active Wisconsin Certified Peer Specialists by Place of Residence, P-02541-02 (PDF)
This data brief features data on the count and rate of certified peer specialists by county. 

Training Experience Satisfaction Data, P-02541-03 (PDF)
This data brief features data on the quality of trainings for the certified peer specialist initiative. 


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: December 30, 2020