Certified Peer Specialists and Schools

Understand key legal and liability considerations for schools and school districts interested in incorporating Certified Peer Specialist (“CPS”) Programs into school-based behavioral health (SBBH) initiatives.

Certified Peer Specialists provide ongoing support to parents and students by promoting socialization, wellness, self-advocacy, and the development of natural supports.We developed this guide for school districts and schools to inspire interest and confidence in CPS Programs. Schools should use this guide to prepare for a productive discussion with legal counsel to design and start a CPS Program and draft a strong written agreement for the school and providers. This guide does not provide or contain legal advice.