Peer Support

Becoming a Peer Support Specialist

Peer Support Specialists are messengers of hope who are essential in increasing positive outcomes for individuals on their recovery paths. Specialists share their own experiences to help others, and the training offered by Vaya Health meets the guidelines of North Carolina’s Certified Peer Support Specialist Program (pss.unc.edu).

Vaya Health’s trainers have firsthand experience working as Peer Support Specialists, giving them the unique perspective to guide individuals through the course. Activities and discussions provide insight into what it is like to work with peers in recovery. Participants will also learn ways to monitor their own wellness to sustain their recovery and support others on their recovery journeys. The class is interactive, and participants are encouraged to share their perspective throughout the training.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a high demand for our PSS training, and class size is limited by state guidelines. Submitting your application does not guarantee a seat in the next class. If a class is full upon application approval, you will be added to the waiting list and contacted when there is an available seat in an upcoming session. Our training dates and locations are updated quarterly.

Ready to get started? Please submit a complete application packet (see below), which includes the training application and two written references. Instructions for each are printed on the forms linked below. Location details will be shared with individuals who are approved to attend and the $30 registration fee will be collected after acceptance to the course. If you have additional questions, please send email to PSStraining@vayahealth.com. Thank you!

Upcoming classes:

  • October 23-27, 2017: Asheville
  • November 13-17, 2017: Asheville
  • December 11-15, 2017: Asheville

If classes are full, you may still submit an application and references. Approved applicants will be placed on our waiting list for a future session.

pdf-1   Peer Support Specialist Training Application

pdf-1   Peer Support Specialist Reference Form (Two required)

Call 1-800-849-6127 toll free 24/7 to obtain services and support for mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse. Members can request materials in Spanish or English.

Llamar al número gratuito 1-800-849-6127 24/7 para obtener servicios y apoyo a la salud mental, discapacidades de desarrollo y abuso de sustancias. Los miembros pueden solicitar materiales en español o Inglés.