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

The NCCPSS Program encourages applicants to submit their application using the ONLINE submission portal. Due to the volume of applications submitted through the mail, the NCCPSS Program is adjusting the processing time for mail applications from 5-7 business days to 7-10 business days. If you want your application processed within 3-5 business days, submit it using the ONLINE portal.


Effective July 1, 2024 the NCCPSS Program will require the completion of three (3) hours of Ethics Training for certification and recertification. Approved Ethics Trainings here.

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.



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“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