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Contact Information: 
Cathy Washington
Coordinator of the CPS Training Initiative
1101 Market Street,7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Phone: 215-685-5415
Email: Cathy.washington@phila.gov 

A Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a paid staff person who is willing to self-identify as a person with a serious behavioral health disorder (mental illness, substance use disorder, or co-occurring disorder) with lived experiences. To be certified, the person must have received specific training in the role, functions and skills of the Certified Peer Specialist position.

The purpose of this position is to aid, teach and support others in their recovery process. This relationship between peers is characterized by mutual trust and respect, sharing of experiences, learning about the recovery process, supporting the peer in multiple settings, achieving goals and moving toward a more meaningful life.

If you are interested in being trained to be a Certified Peer Specialist, please use the contact information provided here.

The next time period for CPS application acceptance will be Announced in 2019.  Applicants for all classes must attend Storytelling training.  Please go to www.healthymindsphilly.com  to learn when the next opportunity for storytelling training is and inform your people accordingly.

If you are interested in being trained to be a Certified Peer Specialist, please click on the following link:  http://dbhids.org/about/organization/strategic-planning-division/peer-culture-and-community-inclusion-unit/certified-peer-specialist-training/ to download the  application  when it is available again then submit the application along with all required attachments in person, mail or via email to:


Certified Peer Specialist Applications
1101 Market St, 7th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19107





Other vendors who do the CPS training:

  • OVR -  215-560-1900
  • MHP- 215-751-1800