​​​Let NC-H.O.P.E. prepare you to become

a certified peer support specialist! 

  • Do you want to help people? 
  • Would you like a rewarding career? 
  • Can you inspire others with your life experiences? 
  • Do you need PSS training to apply for NCCPSS Certification?

What is Peer Support? 

Please note: In order to be certified by the state of North Carolina, you are also required to complete an additional 20-hrs of training in a related field. Learn more now.  

Peer support is a rapidly growing field in the North Carolina area that is now being recognized as an important component of integrated health care.  Many people have not heard of peer support, and while it has many purposes, our focus is on the mental health and substance use communities. Peer support specialists are helping to connect providers and their clients to improve medical and mental health outcomes.

The Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment of 2016 reports that the 2nd priority for East Wake includes the need for mental health and substance resources.[1]  Peer support specialists can answer the need for increasing access to mental health and substance use resources.

- Wake County Community Health Needs Assessment- 2016 Executive Summary



According to UNC’s Springboard website, peer support specialists are people living in recovery with mental illness and / or substance use disorder and who provide support to others whom can benefit from their lived experiences. The North Carolina certified peer support specialist program provides acknowledgment that the peer has met a set of requirements necessary to provide support to individuals with mental health or substance use disorder.

The UNC Behavioral Health Springboard Vision for Peer Support in North Carolina - 
“To develop a qualified peer support specialist workforce that has the support, access, credibility, competency, respect and the valued role within the mental health and substance use disorder service delivery system to positively impact the lives of individuals experiencing mental health and addiction challenges. This is accomplished through the NC Certified Peer support specialist Program.”

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