Finding hope in a life of recovery

Supporting people through personal valleys and peaks

Navigating systems to find the right support

Planting seeds and harvesting futures in recovery

Application Processing Resumes 5/11/2020 - Get Details Here

New Certification Policies Starting July 1 2020 - Get the Details Here

The NC Certified Peer Support Specialist Program staff will be on a break the week of August 24th. We will resume processing of applications the week of August 31st. During the break, you may continue to mail your certification and recertification applications to the address on the application form, and we will process them upon our return.
Thank you for understanding, the NCCPSS Program Staff.

Welcome to the NC Certified Peer Support Specialist Program

Who is a Peer Support Specialist?

Peer Support Specialists are people living in recovery with mental illness and / or substance use disorder and who provide support to others whom can benefit from their lived experiences. The North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Program provides acknowledgment that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder.

Vision for Peer Support in North Carolina

To develop a qualified Peer Support Specialist workforce that has the support, access, credibility, competency, respect and the valued role within the mental health and substance use disorder service delivery system to positively impact the lives of individuals experiencing mental health and addiction challenges. This is accomplished through the NC Certified Peer Support Specialist Program.


Begin learning about the Peer Support Specialist certification process and eligibility for North Carolina. 


Find new employment opportunities for NC CPSS. Agencies all over NC can post their peer support related job openings for FREE on this site.


Visit the upcoming trainings page and we will help connect you to certified 40 hour peer support specialist trainings going on in your area.

PSS Data

Where are the NC CPSS? Who makes up the NC CPSS population? How many peers are there? You will want to visit our data page and check out the map and charts.

Certification Process Infographic!

Our easy to understand infographic shows the NC PSS certification process in single page. Click the image below.

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NC Certified Peers Talk about their Role and Work
Peers Can...
“Peers can provide a powerful message of hope for people who are hopeless. They also stand with that individual through their journey through recovery.”
Sue Bergeson, executive vice president of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance