|Senate Counsel & Research||State of Minnesota|
|S.F. No. 515 - Mental Health Certified Peer Specialists Program|
|Author:||Senator Linda Berglin|
|Prepared by:||Joan White, Senate Counsel (651/296-3814)|
|Date:||February 22, 2007|
Subdivision 1 specifies that, subject to federal approval, mental health certified peer specialist services are covered by medical assistance.
Subdivision 2 establishes the program model for the mental health certified peer specialist program.
Subdivision 3 provides that peer support services are available to consumers of intensive rehabilitative mental health services and adult rehabilitative mental health services.
Subdivision 4 requires the commissioner of develop a process to certify peer support specialist programs. The programs may be freestanding or within an existing mental health community provider centers.
Subdivision 5 requires the commissioner to develop a training and certification process for certified peer specialists. The candidates must have had a primary diagnosis of mental illness and be a current or former consumer of mental health services, must demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills, and a strong dedication to recovery. This section requires training that teaches skills relevant to providing peer support. In addition to training and certification, the commissioner shall develop continuing educational workshops for peer specialists.
Section 2 modifies the definition of "treatment team" in the intensive rehabilitative mental health services, to include certified peer specialists.
Section 3 modifies the qualifications of adult rehabilitative mental health services staff to include certified peer specialists.
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