Certified Peer Specialist - Youth (CPS-Y)

Using lived experience as a tool for helping others in developing recovery goals 

Frequently Asked Questions

Future Training Dates

June 6-10, 2022 Applications Due by: May 20, 2022
September Applications Due by: September 9, 2022
November Applications Due by: October 21, 2022

The same application can be used for any of the trainings. Application and letters of reference should be sent to cpsy-y@gpsn.org by the above due dates.

Training Opportunity

September 2022 | 5-day Training 

This training will be a 5-day training and will require a full commitment. This training will be offered virtually on Zoom.


Day 1: Wednesday 9/28/2022 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Day 2: Thursday 9/29/2022 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM 

Day 3: Friday 9/30/2022 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Day 4: Thursday 10/6/2022 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Day 5: Friday 10/7/2022 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM


Application Deadline:  September 14, 2022

Youth Certified Peer Specialist (CPS-Y)

Is an individual who is a young adult, ages 18 through age 26, with lived experience living with a mental health or substance use condition or both and who has received behavioral health services as a youth and is willing and able to self-identify as a person living with a behavioral health condition and is prepared to use that experience in helping other youth and young adults living with similar behavioral health conditions.


The Youth CPS-Y offers emotional support, shares knowledge, and works with individuals to identify meaningful connections and tools that contribute to wellness/resiliency/recovery.

Priority will be given to those who are currently providing youth peer support services and need this credential to maintain employment within the system.

Please find the application along with eligibility requirements outlined in the attached announcement. Please forward to the designated staff that need to attend.

​If you are interested in applying for this training, please submit your application and letters of reference to cps-y@gpsn.org.

Enrollees must meet the lived experience expectations below:

  • Be 18-26 years of age (provide a copy of a valid Georgia ID); and
  • Have a mental health (MH) condition, substance use disorder (SUD), or a co-occurring diagnosis; and a strong desire to identify themselves as a person living with a mental illness or substance use diagnosis; and
  • Be able/willing to actively seek and manage your own appropriate care; and
  • Be able to share their own personal story in a safe and appropriate way; and
  • Must be well grounded in recovery wellness; and
  • One year between diagnosis and application to training; and/or
  • If the individual has a substance use condition, there must be one year of continuous abstinent from substance use; and
  • Have a high school diploma or GED; provide a copy of these documents; and
  • Provide (2) letters of reference. This cannot be a family member (please include contact information).