What's New

New processes, application forms, and course developer requirements are now in place

Certification and Recertification forms have now been updated on the site. The forms reflect the recent changes and are no longer a zip package but a single, fill-able PDF form file. Much easier to download, open and complete!

Current Peer Support Specialists can now request a new certificate and wallet sized certificate for lost certificates or name changes. Visit the Request Certificate page found under the main Certification tab near the top.

Changes to the PSS Program Coming in July

Change imageThe North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Program is undergoing some changes. These changes will affect the application, recertification, and the course development and submission processes. Please take note of the changes outlined on this flyer and the effective date of July 2, 2018. Any mail post marked June 30, 2018 will be subject to these new changes.The North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Program is undergoing some changes. These changes will affect the application, recertification, and the course development and submission processes. Please take note of the changes outlined on this flyer and the effective date of July 2, 2018.

Any mail post marked June 30, 2018 will be subject to these new changes.

Changes include:

  1. Certification / Recertification application fee will be $20.00
  2. Introducing a new wallet size card (to be added to certificates).
  3. Request for lost certificate or wallet size card will cost $5.00
  4. New application forms will be available on website
  5. Course submission fee is $800.00 per course
  6. New course submission protocol and forms will be available on PSS website
  7. NCCPSS 40 hour courses for approval will only be accepted 1-7 April and 1-7 October every year.
  8. Courses not approved within one year of submission will require resubmission with the required fees (see # 5)

 

Hold on New Course Submissions

The NC Certified Peer Support Specialist (NCCPSS) program will be making changes to the course submission and review process to go into effect in July, 2018. As a result of these upcoming changes, the Behavioral Health Springboard (BHS) will not be accepting new courses for review, effective immediately.

We understand the inconvenience this situation may cause persons interested in submitting new courses but the course review committee has a number of courses under review and would like to focus and complete these reviews before the new changes take effect in July, 2018.

Application Packets Updated for Military Designations Steps.

Both the Certification and Recertification application download packets have been updated today to reflect extra steps need for the Military Designation credential. Bear in mind this only affects those who are seeking the Military Designation. Image shows the exact files affected in the packets.
 

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Recertification Application Changes on 04/2017

  • Effective April 1, 2017 Recertification Applications and necessary forms will no longer be mailed out prior to recertification dates. Emails will be sent as a reminder with the recertification forms attached 60-90 days prior to your recertification.
     
  • If you do not have an email on file, recertification forms will be sent to your mailing address that is on file. You can complete the forms either electronically or by hand. Once forms are compete, print if you haven’t and mail all requested documents to the Peer Support Registry.
     

New Military Designation Section

A section dedicated to the new NC CPSS military designation has been added to the site. This area will handle the specific requirements and resources for this new designation. You will find the basic eligibility requirements and additional steps needed in this site section. Also there is a page dedicated to the recertification process that will hold military specific training websites and resources. Please explore the new section!

 

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North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Certification Military Service

 

The NC Peer Support Specialist Certification Program is pleased to announce the rollout of a new special designation option for NCCPSS who are active or veteran Military Service Members, effective immediately. 

Eligibility

North Carolina has created a designation for CPSS with the name “Military Service Member” for those with active status and “Veteran Service Member” for those with previous service.  Eligibility requirements for this designation include:

  • Meeting requirements for PSS certification
  • Having current or previous military service

Process

For current NCCPSS that want to add designation:

  • Submission of a copy of a DD 214 form or Military ID
  • Completion of 8 hours online training from courses listed on website (see link  below)

For New Applicants interested in NCCPSS & Military Designation:

  • Submission of a copy of a DD 214 form or Military ID
  • Competition of 8 hours of online military specific training from courses listed on the website (see link below) in addition to the 20 hours (human service, mental health, and/or substance use training) needed for certification (total of 28 hours). Military training can be found here: http://www.aheconnect.com/citizensoldier/courses.asp
  • Submission of NCCPSS certification application & necessary documents
     

Maintaining Designation (Recertification)

 

Please send any additional questions or comments to:  pss-support@listserv.unc.edu 

 

New NC Peer Support Specialist Certification Program Website

phoneWelcome to the new North Carolina Peer Support Specialist Certification Program website! We hope you will find the organization of the site much more intuitive and manageable for both new visitors and our regular job and training posters. The site was developed with input and feedback from NC peers to reach some core goals:

  1. The new site would make a much stronger emphasis on the Peer Support Specialist Certification Program and less so on Behavioral Health Springboard.
  2. Information would be better organized and shaped by survey data and Google Analytics data.
  3. Visually, the site would be easier to consume and the most frequently visited areas would be brought forward to the front page (certification, training, jobs).
  4. The site would use contemporary technology and be accessible on mobile devices; check it out on your phone or tablet!

Please take some time and explore the site using the new menu bar near the top. You will quickly find information on NC PSS certification process, upcoming training opportunities, and the latest job posting around the state. Also be sure to click on our new info-graphics that illustrate and help simplify the steps to becoming a certified Peer Support Specialist all on a single page. Thanks to all the peers who contributed through survey responses, ideas and early testing!

NCCPSS Code of Ethics

Applicants submitting either their certification or recertification application will now be required to include in your packet a signed and dated copy of The North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Code of Ethics. Applications will not be processed until all documents are correctly submitted postmarked after July 31, 2015.