Certification Disclosure Table: Peer Support Specialist

Please note, Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) requirements can be very different based upon the state involved. For a breakdown of PRSS Certification educational requirements by state, please see the table below.

Table Updated: June 2023

StateMeets Educational Requirements for PRSS Certification?State AgencyContact InformationState Website
AlabamaHas not been determinedAlabama Department of Health1 (800) 367-0955
Alabama State Website
AlaskaHas not been determinedAlaska Commission for Behavioral Health Certification(907) 332-4333
Alaska State Website
ArizonaYesArizona Board for Certification of Addiction Counselors(480) 980-1770Arizona State Website
ArkansasHas not been determinedThe Arkansas Substance Abuse Certification Board(501) 749-4040Arkansas State Website
CaliforniaHas not been determinedDepartment of Health Care ServicesPeerCertification@CalMHSA.orgCalifornia State Website
ColoradoHas not been determinedColorado Providers AssociationColorado State Contact
Colorado State Website
ConnecticutHas not been determinedDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services(860) 505-7581 (Advocacy Unlimited)Connecticut State Website
DelawareHas not been determinedDelaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Peer Services(302) 654-6833 Delaware State Website
District of ColumbiaHas not been determinedD.C. Department of Behavioral Health(202) 673-4377District of Colombia Website
FloridaHas not been determinedFlorida Certification Board(850) 222-6314Florida State Website
GeorgiaHas not been determinedGeorgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities(404) 657-2252Georgia State Website
GuamHas not been determinedGuam Behavioral Health & Wellness Center (GBHWC)(671) 647-5440Guam Website
HawaiiHas not been determinedHawaii Department of Health, Adult Mental Health Division(808) 586-4688Hawaii State Website
IdahoHas not been determinedIdaho Department of Health & Welfare(208) 334-6997Idaho State Website
IllinoisHas not been determinedIllinois Certification Board(217) 698-8110Illinois State Website
IndianaHas not been determinedIndiana Counselor's Association on Alcohol and Drug Abuse(317) 923-8800Indiana State Website
IowaHas not been determinedIowa Board of Certification(515) 965-5509
Iowa State Website
KansasHas not been determinedKansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (785) 296-4986Kansas State Website
KentuckyHas not been determinedKentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services(502) 564-0823Kentucky State Website
LouisianaHas not been determinedLouisiana Department of Health, Office of Behavioral Health(225) 342-8641Louisiana State Website
MaineHas not been determinedMaine Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Beharioral Health(207) 441-2226Maine State Website
MarylandHas not been determinedThe Maryland Addiction & Behavioral-Health Professionals Certification Board1 (866) 537-5340
Maryland State Website
MassachusettsHas not been determinedMA Board of Substance Abuse Counselor Certification(508) 842-8707Massachusetts State Website
MichiganHas not been determinedMichigan Department of Health & Human Services(517) 335-2300Michigan State Website
MinnesotaHas not been determinedMinnesota Department of Human Services via Peers: Link to Hope(651) 431-2460
Minnesota State Website
MississippiHas not been determinedMississippi Department of Mental Health(601) 359-1288
Mississippi State Website
MissouriHas not been determinedMissouri Credentialing Board(573) 616-2300
Missouri State Website
MontanaYesMontana Department of Labor & Industry, Board of Behavioral Health(406) 444-6880
Montana State Website
NebraskaHas not been determinedNebraska Department of Health and Human Services(402) 471-3121Nebraska State Website
NevadaYesNevada Certification Board(775) 784-1282
Nevada State Website
New HampshireHas not been determinedNew Hampshire Board of Licensing for Alcohol and Other Drug Use Professionals(603) 271-2152New Hampshire State Website
New JerseyHas not been determinedThe Addiction Professionals Certification Board of New JerseyNew Jersey Contact Page
New Jersey State Website
New MexicoHas not been determinedNew Mexico Human Services Department, Behavioral Health Services Division(505) 470-3311New Mexico State Website
New YorkHas not been determinedThe New York Certification Board(518) 426-3122
New York State Website
North CarolinaHas not been determinedNorth Carolina's Certified Peer Support Specialist Program(919) 843-3018North Carolina State Website
North DakotaHas not been determinedNorth Dakota Department of Human Services, Division of Behavioral Health(701) 328-8920
North Dakota State Website
OhioHas not been determinedOhio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services(614) 466-2596Ohio State Website
OklahomaHas not been determinedOklahoma Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse(405) 248-9203Oklahoma State Website
OregonHas not been determinedOregon Health Authority(503) 947-2340
Oregon State Website
PennsylvaniaHas not been determinedPennsylvania Department of Human Services(717) 705-8297Pennsylvania State Website
Puerto RicoCertification not required
Rhode IslandHas not been determinedRhode Island Certification Boardinfo@ricertboard.orgRhode Island State Website
South CarolinaHas not been determinedAddiction Professionals of South Carolina, Peer Support Specialist Certification Commissioncertification@SCAADAC.orgSouth Carolina State Website
South DakotaHas not been determined
TennesseeHas not been determinedTennessee Department of Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services(615) 347-3262
Tennessee State Website
TexasHas not been determinedTexas Department of Health and Human Services(512) 424-6500Texas State Website
UtahHas not been determinedUtah Department of Human Services, Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health(801) 538-3939Utah State Website
VermontHas not been determinedVermont Association for Mental Health & Addiction Recovery(802) 223-6263

Vermont State Website
Virgin IslandsCertification not required
VirginiaHas not been determinedVirginia Certification Board(804) 741-2319
Virginia State Website
WashingtonHas not been determinedWashington State Health Care Authority(360) 725-1325
Washington State Website
West VirginiaHas not been determinedWest Virginia Department of Health & Human Resources(304) 768-2942West Virginia State Website
WisconsinHas not been determinedWisconsin Department of Health Services(608) 266-1865Wisconsin State Website
WyomingHas not been determinedWyoming Department of Health(307) 421-7261Wyoming State Website