DC Dept of Behavioral Health - Office of Consumer Affairs - Certified Peer Specialist Program

A certified peer specialist is an individual living in recovery with mental illness and/or substance use disorder or a family member who has been trained and certified by the Department of Behavioral Health to assist others in recovery and wellness. A certified peer specialist is a model for personal recovery and performs a wide range of tasks to assist individuals to regain control over their lives and their own recovery process. DC Certified Peer Specialist are required to sign a Peer Specialist Code of Ethics.

To successfully apply for the DC Certified Peer Specialist Program you must properly submit a completed application along with a resume, proof of residency, evidence of education, and two professional letters of reference (work or volunteer related) must be emailed to [email protected], or hand-delivered to:

The Department of Behavioral Health Consumer and Family Affairs Administration, 64 New York Avenue, NE, 3rd Floor, Washington, DC 20002 (Attn: Adrienne Lightfoot or hand-delivered to a CFAA staff member). No faxed application will be accepted. Only complete applications will be considered for an interview. Upon review and scoring of applications, selected applicants will be interviewed for entry into the program. Evidence of District residency also must be provided. The application will be reviewed by a Peer Specialist Certification Committee made up of consumers and the Office of Consumer and Family Affairs.

*** (The Facilitators of WRAP of DC have prepared a on-line tutorial resource that may be useful to anyone who is interested in studying for the Certified Peer Specialist program.. If you want to learn more please click here.) ***