Wyoming Peer Specialists
Certification and Training
Sample Job Description (pdf)
Peer Specialist Medicaid Bulletin
Resources and Links
Key and Best Practices
Wyoming Peer Specialist Overview
A person who is or has been a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness holds the position of a Peer Specialist. Because of their life experience with mental illness and mental health services and demonstration of self-sufficiency, the peer specialists provide expertise that professional training cannot replicate. Peer specialists are fully integrated team members who provide highly individualized services in the community and promote client self-determination and decision-making. Peer specialists also provide essential expertise and consultation to the entire team to promote a culture in which each client's point of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected, and integrated into treatment, rehabilitation, and community self-help activities. Peer specialists, having experienced a severe mental illness, may assist the other members of the team in understanding the clients' perspective and subjective experience.
Medicaid covers certified peer specialist contact for the purpose of implementing the portion of the enrolled client’s treatment plan that promotes the client to direct their own recovery and advocacy process; to teach and support the acquisition and exercise of skills needed for management of symptoms; and for utilization of natural resources within the community. Services are provided from a perspective of an individual who has consumer experience with the mental health and/or substance abuse system to assist the enrolled client with meeting the treatment plan.