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Peer Specialist Certification Program

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2022 Peer Specialist Certification Training Program

District of Columbia Department of Behavioral Health is accepting applications for the 2022 Peer Specialist Certification Training Program. The deadline to apply is 12 noon, Friday, July 1, 2022. Classes will be held July 11, 2022, through August 8, 2022, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Peer specialists are self-identified people who are successful in the recovery process and who help others who are living with mental and/or substance use disorders. Through mutual respect and shared understanding based on similar experiences, peer specialists help people get into treatment and meet the challenges to sustain recovery.

The Peer Specialist Certification Training Program builds on the experience of people in recovery with training in foundational competencies required by anyone who provides peer support in behavioral health services. The Peer Specialist certification training program will reinforce your knowledge based on personal experience, bring a unique prospective to person centered care, and enrich our recovery support services.

The Peer Specialist Certification Training Program helps prepare individuals to qualify for available certified peer specialist jobs within the community behavioral health provider network. Under general supervision, a certified peer specialist performs a wide range of tasks to help individuals regain control over their lives and their own recovery process. DBH encourages certified providers to include certified peer specialists in their workforce.

A certified Peer Specialist offers critical support in a variety of ways including

  • Acting as a mentor and being present for those engaged in the recovery process
  • Helping people advocate for and access resources they need to support their recovery
  • Participating in the treatment team under supervision of a trained behavioral health specialist
  • Leading recovery groups
  • Conducting surveys to gauge satisfaction with services
  • Bringing their personal experiences to decisions about program and policy development
  • Participating in community engagement activities to promote treatment and support services

Peer certification training classes will be held July 11, 2022, through August 8, 2022, Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Selected applicants will be notified by July 6, 2022. The classes will be conducted in person at 64 New York Avenue, NE, Room 284E. Class size will be limited to no more than 15 participants to allow social distancing guidelines to be followed. During the classes, DC Health and CDC guidelines will be followed. You must provide proof of vaccination with your application.

After successful completion of classroom training, an 80-hour field practicum must be completed with a behavioral health provider certified by the Department of Behavioral Health. Participants who successfully complete program requirements will graduate in October 2022.

Who is eligible for the program? The Peer Specialist Certification Training Program is for self-identified current or former consumers of behavioral health services who have the ability to support other individuals diagnosed with a mental illness and/or substance use disorder. To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must be a District resident and at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma, GED, or higher, and in recovery from a mental illness and/or substance use disorder for two years or longer.

How do I apply for the program? A completed application along with a resume, proof of residency, evidence of education, and two letters of reference (no older than one year) must be emailed to [email protected], mailed, or hand-delivered to the Department of Behavioral Health Consumer and Family Affairs, 64 New York Avenue, NE, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 (Attn: CFA or hand-delivered to a CFA staff member). Only complete applications will be considered.


2022 Peer Specialist Certification Training Program  Schedule


Application Deadline

In person Classes

Interview Dates


64 New York Ave NE

Wash, DC 20002

Ju1y 1,  2022 at 12pm


July 11 – Aug 8, 2022

Monday – Friday

9:00 am – 12:30 pm

Scheduled upon selection

July 11, 2022

Practicum Dates

August 15 – September 16, 2022

Service Details: 
Service Contact: 
Trina Logan, Director
Contact Email: 
Contact Phone: 
(202) 673-4377
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