256B.0615 MENTAL HEALTH CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST.
Subdivision 1. Scope.
Medical assistance covers mental health certified peers specialists
services, as established in subdivision 2, subject to federal approval, if provided to recipients who
are eligible for services under sections
, and are provided by a certified
peer specialist who has completed the training under subdivision 5.
Subd. 2. Establishment.
The commissioner of human services shall establish a certified peer
specialists program model, which:
(1) provides nonclinical peer support counseling by certified peer specialists;
(2) provides a part of a wraparound continuum of services in conjunction with other
community mental health services;
(3) is individualized to the consumer; and
(4) promotes socialization, recovery, self-sufficiency, self-advocacy, development of natural
supports, and maintenance of skills learned in other support services.
Subd. 3. Eligibility.
Peer support services may be made available to consumers of the
intensive rehabilitative mental health services under section
and adult rehabilitative
mental health services under section
Subd. 4. Peer support specialist program providers.
The commissioner shall develop a
process to certify peer support specialist programs, in accordance with the federal guidelines, in
order for the program to bill for reimbursable services. Peer support programs may be freestanding
or within existing mental health community provider centers.
Subd. 5. Certified peer specialist training and certification.
The commissioner of human
services shall develop a training and certification process for certified peer specialists, who must
be at least 21 years of age and have a high school diploma or its equivalent. The candidates
must have had a primary diagnosis of mental illness, be a current or former consumer of mental
health services, and must demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills and a strong dedication to
recovery. The training curriculum must teach participating consumers specific skills relevant
to providing peer support to other consumers. In addition to initial training and certification,
the commissioner shall develop ongoing continuing educational workshops on pertinent issues
related to peer support counseling.
History: 2007 c 147 art 8 s 16