Policy Recommendation: Increase Access to Certified Peer Specialist/Recovery Specialist Services

Goal

To increase opportunities for recovery for individuals experiencing serious mental health or substance use conditions by expanding access to peer support services.

Recommendation

Direct DSHS and HHSC to jointly develop a distinct Medicaid state plan service for peer support services, designating certified peer specialists and certified recovery specialists as approved providers. Direct HHSC to develop rules defining peer support services, certified peer specialists and certified recovery specialists. The rules should also specify requirements for peer certification and supervision and any other relevant issues identified by the executive commissioner as necessary to promote health and safety in peer specialist/recovery specialist services. Development of the rules should include input from certified peer specialists, certified recovery specialists and other relevant stakeholders.

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