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Peer Services

Sometimes, the best remedy for mental health and substance use challenges is the attention of someone who understands. That's what peer services are all about. People with similar life experiences supporting each other in reaching their full potential.

Peer specialist certifications

Many people receive peer services through trained peer providers. There are two types of peer specialist certifications in Wisconsin.

  • Certified peer specialist: An individual with experience in the mental health and substance use services system trained to provide support to others struggling to find a path to recovery.
  • Certified parent peer specialist: An individual with experience raising a child with behavioral health challenges trained to utilize their experience navigating services in support of other parents.

Learn more about peer specialist certifications in Wisconsin.


Peer recovery centers

Peer recovery centers offer drop-in opportunities for peer support. No appointment is necessary. Learn more

Peer-run respites

Peer-run respites offer peer support during scheduled overnight stays and by phone. Learn more

Call 211 to learn about mental health and substance use services available in your community.

Last revised August 20, 2022