Medical assistance covers mental health certified family peer specialists services, as established in subdivision 2, subject to federal approval, if provided to recipients who have an emotional disturbance or severe emotional disturbance under chapter 245, and are provided by a certified family peer specialist who has completed the training under subdivision 5. A family peer specialist cannot provide services to the peer specialist's family.
The commissioner of human services shall establish a certified family peer specialists program model which:
(1) provides nonclinical family peer support counseling, building on the strengths of families and helping them achieve desired outcomes;
(2) collaborates with others providing care or support to the family;
(3) provides nonadversarial advocacy;
(4) promotes the individual family culture in the treatment milieu;
(5) links parents to other parents in the community;
(6) offers support and encouragement;
(7) assists parents in developing coping mechanisms and problem-solving skills;
(8) promotes resiliency, self-advocacy, development of natural supports, and maintenance of skills learned in other support services;
(9) establishes and provides peer-led parent support groups; and
(10) increases the child's ability to function better within the child's home, school, and community by educating parents on community resources, assisting with problem solving, and educating parents on mental illnesses.
Family peer support services may be located in inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, residential treatment, treatment foster care, day treatment, children's therapeutic services and supports, or crisis services.
The commissioner shall develop a process to certify family peer support specialist programs, in accordance with the federal guidelines, in order for the program to bill for reimbursable services. Family peer support programs must operate within an existing mental health community provider or center.
The commissioner shall develop a training and certification process for certified family peer specialists who must be at least 21 years of age. The candidates must have raised or be currently raising a child with a mental illness, have had experience navigating the children's mental health system, and must demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills and a strong dedication to family-driven and family-focused services. The training curriculum must teach participating family peer specialists specific skills relevant to providing peer support to other parents. In addition to initial training and certification, the commissioner shall develop ongoing continuing educational workshops on pertinent issues related to family peer support counseling.