Certified Peer Specialist Training

CPS training

The Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project would like to announce that Certified Peer Specialist Training is coming to Macon, February 4-14, 2019. The application deadline has been extended to Monday December 3rd, 2018.

Training dates for this training are February 4-8 and continuing February 11-14, 2019.

The Georgia Certified Peer Specialist Project is an initiative of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) in partnership with the Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network (GMHCN).

Training graduates are eligible to sit for the certification exam, given in Decatur, approximately one month after their training. CPSs are expected to attend continuing education, held throughout the year. Georgia’s CPSs are prepared to meet Medicaid requirements for reimbursement in Peer Supports, PSR, PS-I, ACT, CSUs, and anywhere the power of peer role models can and should be felt.

Presenters: Presenters from Appalachian Consulting Group and GMHCN will conduct the training with guest presenters from the Georgia Advocacy Office and other community partners.

Audience: This training is for current or former recipients of Behavioral Health services in Georgia, who have an interest in providing peer support services for people who have been given behavioral health diagnoses.

Application Process: As part of our ongoing efforts to serve our peers and maintain a robust peer workforce in Georgia, we periodically make adjustments to the Certified Peer Specialist Training Project. Effective with this cohort, the application process for CPS Training now includes phone interviews with potential training participants.

Because of the very high volume of applicants for each training, only those candidates who are most successful in demonstrating their ability to be a productive part of Georgia’s certified peer workforce through the online application process will be selected to participate in a phone interview. Each interview will be conducted by two Georgia Mental Health Consumer Network Certified Peer Specialist Project staff, and will last no more than ten minutes. The results of the phone interview will be considered along with the online application to identify the best candidates for each CPS Training cohort.

Questions? email cpsproject@gmhcn.org or call 404-687-9487 Monday through Friday 9am-5pm.

Learn more about our CPS Project here: 


Apply for the upcoming training in Macon here:



If you would like assistance completing or submitting your application, please contact Sam Rapier, CPS Training Coordinator by email at cpsproject@gmhcn.org or phone 404-687-9487.

Thank you