Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 48, Issue 4, pp 477–481

An Examination of the Integration of Certified Peer Specialists into Community Mental Health Centers

  • Emily A. Grant
  • Chrystal Reinhart
  • Scott Wituk
  • Greg Meissen
Brief Report


The formal role of Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is a recent addition to the mental health field. CPSs are people in recovery employed within the mental health system, mostly by community mental health centers, to provide support through sharing life experiences with those working toward recovery from mental illness. This brief report examines participant’s experiences being a CPS, responsibilities and activities as a CPS, and integration into community mental health centers. Findings suggest that CPSs demonstrate high levels of communal orientation, job satisfaction, workplace integration and organizational support and are well received in mental health centers.


Peer support Certified peer specialist Mental health system 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Emily A. Grant
    • 1
  • Chrystal Reinhart
    • 2
  • Scott Wituk
    • 3
  • Greg Meissen
    • 4
  1. 1.Wyoming Survey and Analysis CenterUniversity of WyomingLaramieUSA
  2. 2.Center for Prevention Research and DevelopmentChampaignUSA
  3. 3.Center for Community Support and ResearchWichitaUSA
  4. 4.Psychology DepartmentWichitaUSA

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