National Model Standards for Peer Certification

(August 4, 2023) Reprint from SAMHSA Announcement

Peer Workforce Integration is a Primary Goal of President Biden’s National Mental Health Strategy

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), has published National Model Standards for Peer Support Certification (PDF | 840) for substance use, mental health and family peer workers. The national model standards were created to accelerate universal adoption, recognition, and integration of the peer workforce across all elements of the healthcare system.

“Our peer workforce plays a critical role in the treatment and recovery journey for individuals with behavioral health issues,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

“These new national standards will help advance President Biden’s strategy to tackle the nation’s behavioral health crisis. We can improve health outcomes for people with behavioral health issues by better integrating the peer workforce into our health care system.

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