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Deadline to Apply for Peer Specialist Certification Class Is February 28

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Job training program for residents with mental illness.

The deadline for submitting an application for the upcoming peer specialist certification training program is Thursday, February 28, 2013.  Sponsored by the District of Columbia Department of Mental Health, the training program is for self-identified current or former consumers of mental health services who have the ability to support others diagnosed with a mental illness. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant also must be a District resident and at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent.

The peer specialist certification program trains residents with mental illness to qualify for available jobs with DMH certified community mental health providers. Participants in the program will learn how to help individuals receiving mental health treatment develop goals, monitor their own progress, and advocate for effective services. 

Fifteen applicants will be selected to participate in the training program which starts on June 3, 2013.  The seven week training program includes class work and an 80 hour field practicum with a community mental health provider. An examination must be passed to complete certification. 

For an application, please email [email protected]  or go to, click on consumers and scroll down to the peer specialist certification program.  Along with a completed application, a resume, proof of residency, evidence of education which may be a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, and two letters of reference (at least one of which is work or volunteer related) must be provided. The application can be emailed to [email protected] or sent to the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs, Department of Mental Health, 64 New York Avenue NE 3rd Floor. No application will be considered after February 28, 2013.  Selections will be announced by May 13, 2013.  Each participant will receive a stipend of $100.00 each week.

For additional information regarding the peer specialist certification program, contact Vivi Smith, Director of the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs at (202) 673-4377 or [email protected] or go to