As of July 27, 2017 there are more than 400
Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialists in Nebraska.
To identify, equip, train, certify, and further educate peers with the skills required to provide relationship building and trauma informed peer support for people utilizing behavioral health services.
History and Moving Towards:
Peer Support is an evidence-based practice that helps people recover from mental illness or addiction disorder with the assistance of someone who has similar lived experience. Peer support is recovery orientated and consumer driven.
The Nebraska Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialist Skills Training has grown out of a 2009 Transformation Transfer Initiative (TTI) Grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
Trained facilitators, along with the Office of Consumer Affairs have a curriculum based on trauma informed Intentional Peer Support which has been enhanced with additional subject specific models.
Peer/recovery support training and certification is for individuals with experience with any lived behavioral health condition and/or trauma. Training and certification is a great opportunity for those who are working/volunteering in the behavioral health field serving military, veterans, individuals, families, and/or children/youth who have been impacted by a behavioral health condition and/or trauma. To date, Nebraska has trained over 400 individuals as Peer Support and Wellness Specialists.
As of October 2017, The Division of
Behavioral Health will no longer be providing direct training and/or testing
for individuals seeking certification as a Peer Support and Wellness Specialist. In 2018, the Division will launch a new and
improved training and testing standards for individuals wishing to become
certified. Please check back regularly for updates on this redesign