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Peer Support Specialist Wage and Salary Survey

A wage and salary survey for Peer Support Specialists is being conducted in collaboration with a number of consumer organizations including: New York Association of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (NYAPRS); the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA); the International Association of Peer Supporters (iNAPS), and others.  The goal of this survey is to gather timely information that will help inform and support the Peer Support Specialist Workforce on issues related to wages and salaries.  All individual responses provided will be confidential.  Summary information will be open and available for distribution and use, and is intended for the promotion of improved compensation for Peer Support Specialists.  There are two versions of this survey - one can be completed by individuals who are employed as Peer Specialists and one for organizations who employ Peer Specialists.

The links for these surveys are:

Individual Peer Support Specialists:

Organizations who employ Peer Support Specialists:

Core Competencies in the Behavioral Health Workforce

Dear Colleagues:
In support of its strategic initiative priority areas of Recovery Supports and Workforce Development, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) through the Bringing Recovery Supports to Scale Technical Assistance Center (BRSS TACS) has identified and developed a draft set of core competencies for Peer Workers in Behavioral Health settings.

These core competencies are the foundational and essential competencies required by all positions that provide peer support in behavioral health services. The competencies are common across a range of roles and environments. This includes such providers as Peer Specialists, Recovery Coaches, Parent Support Providers, Youth Peer Support Providers, and others.

SAMHSA is providing the public an opportunity to review and make comments on these draft competencies. You are receiving this email because you are a key stakeholder in these areas. SAMHSA values your opinion and encourages you to review the document and provide feedback.

If you would like to review the competencies and provide feedback please click the following link: We encourage you to read the brief overview of the core competencies and the Q&As before providing your comments.

Thanks in advance for expressing your views.

-The BRSS TACS team

Survey Opportunity

The Ohio Chapter of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association is collecting information about the peer support work place in neighboring states.  Please consider taking a few minutes to share your experiences as a CPS in Pennsylvania by completing the following survey:

Peer Support Work Place Survey

The Pennsylvania Peer Support Coalition is a statewide network of people who use their own experiences with mental health to support others. All Coalition members are people who use peer support skills to inspire hope that recovery from mental illness is possible.

We believe that everyone who offers peer support to others deserves support too. The Coalition offers this support. We provide trainings and education about peer support and recovery, and we help create peer support networking groups. We also advocate for the needs of people who provide peer support.

Many of our members are Certified Peer Specialists who provide peer support professionally in mental health agencies. However, it is not necessary to be a Certified Peer Specialist to join the Coalition. We welcome anyone who uses their own mental health recovery experiences to support others.

Become a Member

To learn more about becoming a member of the Coalition, visit our Coalition Membership page.

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