Note: These credentials are only for those peers wanting to work in Medicaid

reimbursable settings.

Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS), for a person with lived experience in recovery from a mental health condition and working with clients with a mental health setting.

Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS), for a person with lived experience in recovery from a substance use disorder and working with clients in a substance use disorder setting.

If you are working as a Peer Specialist in a non-Medicaid billing setting, you are not required to get these credentials.  If you plan to ever work in the Medicaid billing arena, grandfathering opportunity will close April 30th for the credential(s), provided you meet other standards:

  • PRSS from the Texas Certification Board, transitions to RSPS
  • CPS from Via Hope as of December 31, 2018, transitions to MHPS

After April 30th if you decide to pursue the new designations, you will be required to do the entire credentialing process over again including the training and documentation of supervision hours.

Cost is $60.00 fee to grandfather one credential, and an additional fee of $20 per each additional credential.

Grandfathered credentials will expire on the date your original certification would expire. If your existing PRSS expires December 2019, then your grandfathered RSPS would expire on the same date. After that, all credentials expire 2 years after issue. If your MHPS credential from Via Hope expiration date is December 2019, your recertification date will stay the same. You will be required to verify the 20 CEU renewal training hours and criminal background check.

There was not a Peer Supervisor Certification previously. In order to supervise RSPS or MHPS a person must be a Qualified Peer Specialist Supervisor (QPSS) and meet those requirements.

  • A person who has at least two (2) years of experience supervising peer specialists, within the five (5) years prior to the date this rule is initially effective, may apply to be grandfathered into peer specialist supervisor credential provided they meet the other requirements. See QPSS application for list of requirements.


Yes, provided you meet the criminal background requirements. For transition to MHPS, 250 hours of volunteer/work time will need to be submitted within 6 months of grandfathering.

The curriculum has been modified for RSPS and MHPS for training entities that will be training for those credentials. You can continue to train using the same curriculum but it would not meet the standard of “using only HHSC approved curriculum”. If the people you are training do not intend to work in Medicaid settings then that training meets the standards for the PRSS. We highly suggest you meet the standards for the new credential and get approved as a training entity or trainer since the updated curriculum will be accepted for the PRSS or RSPS.

A. A peer specialist provides peer specialist services as described below relating to

Services provided:

1) All peer specialist services must be recovery oriented, person-centered,

relationship focused, and trauma informed.

2) Peer specialist services may include:

a. recovery and wellness support, which includes providing information on and support with planning for recovery;

b. mentoring, which includes serving as a role model and providing assistance in finding needed community resources and services; and

c. advocacy, which includes providing support in stressful or urgent situations, and helping to ensure that the recipient’s rights are respected.

3) Services may be provided individually or in a group.

4) Participation in peer specialist services is voluntary.

B. A peer specialist may also provide mental health rehabilitative services that are within the peer specialist’s knowledge and abilities.

The grandfathering period has been extended to May 31, 2019.