How to become a certified peer support specialist in Puerto Rico?

Please refer the table below to know how to become a certified peer support specialist in Puerto Rico? In this Database you'll find all the necessary Requirements of Puerto Rico state to become a certified peer support specialist.

Is there a state-endorsed certification process?:In process.
Does the state differentiate between Mental Health Peer Support Specialists and Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?:No
What are the educational requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?:High School Diploma/GED with allowed exceptions.
What are the personal requirements to apply for a peer specialist training program?:2 years in recovery (no hospitalizations or use of substances). Personal interview.
What are the professional requirements needed to apply for a peer specialist training program?:Experience providing support preferred but not required.
What are the training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist?:40 hour training, additional suggested activities
What is the average cost for CPS training?:Free
Who is responsible for paying for training? (List all):N/A
Is there a state-wide certification test?:In process of being developed
Is a background check required? If so, is a criminal record a disqualification for certification?:Not for certification. Background check for employment is often required.
Where can information be found for upcoming peer support trainings?:www.gruposvirtuales.com
On average, how often are trainings held in your state?:About 3 times per year
Training providers (vendors) and their contact information.:Juan Velez-Court
apoyomutuo@assmca.pr.gov
What are the continuing education requirements?:In process. Informal CE does exist.
Who tracks CEUs?:Employers
Is there a certification requirement for CPS Supervisors? If yes, provide details of requirements and relevant information.:No
Are Certified Peer Specialists services Medicaid reimbursable?:In the process, but not at the current moment.
How are peer support services paid for by the state? What specific Medicaid waivers are used, if any?:Federal/grant funded
Is there a statewide Peer Specialist organization?:Yes
Name of Statewide Peer Specialists Organization:Centro de Apoyo Mutuo (ASSMCA)
Peer Specialists Organization Website:www.gruposvirtuales.com
Peer Specialists Organization Primary Contact:Juan Velez-Court
apoyomutuo@assmca.pr.gov
Are there conferences held in the state specifically for Peer Supporters?:Yes - Peer Specialist Summit
Are there recognition or award opportunities for peer support specialists or Substance Use Peer Support Specialists?:Yes, at annual conference and Recovery Month
If there are recent changes to the certification process due to COVID-19, are the changes permanent, temporary or other?:Trainings are online; temporarily