Office of Consumer Affairs
Certified Peer Support and Wellness Specialist

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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 effort.
For more information contact:
Jennifer Ihle, BS, CPSWS
Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Behavioral Health
Office of Consumer Affairs
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 95026
Lincoln, NE  68509 
402-471-7859 (fax)