Idaho Peer Support Specialist Training

Program Contact:

Bobbi Matkin-Emery, Training Director
1607 W. Jefferson Street
Boise, ID 83702

PHONE: 208-336-5533 x340
FAX: 208-336-0880


The Unique Role of Peer Support Specialists

Peer Support Specialists are individuals who have experienced mental illness firsthand and have unique insight to support the recovery of others.  Idaho is one of many states that have recognized the value of incorporating Peer Support Specialists into their behavioral health services staff.

Peer Support Specialists promote recovery by using their own lived experience to provide self-direction, empowerment, and encouragement to the peers they work with. For individuals living with a mental illness, recovery is a personal experience that encompasses all aspects of one’s life. The recovery journey involves the development of hope, self-esteem, purpose, decision making and problem solving skills, connection with others, and a satisfying and meaningful life. Peer Support Specialists walk this journey with those they serve.

Peer Support Specialist Training

Planning for 2015 peer support specialist training is now underway.  The following is the information we have thus far, and we will update our website with pertinent information as it becomes available.  Bookmark us and stay in touch!


The Peer Support Specialist Training is a program of Jannus, Inc., formerly Mountain States Group, and is now responsible for peer support specialist training only.  The Department of Health & Welfare (DHW) is now the certifying body for peer support specialists.  We will update our website with details pertaining to certification as they become available from DHW; please hold tight until then.

We are funded to train 25 peer support specialists in each of the three (3) DHW hubs over the next 12 months.  This means that 25 individuals in regions 1 and 2, 25 individuals in regions 3, 4, and 5, and 25 individuals in regions 6 and 7 will be trained, and trainings will take place in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene.  Please note that individuals will NOT be admitted to a training that is outside of the hub in which they reside.  Applicants will be considered only for the training scheduled in the hub in which they reside.  This means that an individual living in Coeur d’Alene will not be permitted to attend the training scheduled in Boise.

There are ten (10) scholarships available for each of the 3 trainings and they will be awarded based on need.  For those trainees who are not selected for a scholarship, the peer specialist training fee is $300 which does not include travel, accommodations, or per diem.  By applying to the training, applicants have applied for a scholarship if needed.

The Boise training will be held August 24-28, 2015.  We have not yet scheduled Idaho Falls or Coeur d’Alene trainings and we will update our website when we do so.  The July 31, 2015 application deadline applies to ALL trainings with no exceptions.

The training application is now available via the link at the bottom of this page.  Please note that we have a large number of applicants who applied to the training before it was put on hold, and we must assess applications based on strength of qualifications and chronological order of submission.  Applying to the training does not guarantee your admission, and we encourage all well qualified applicants to apply, particularly those who will be living and working in rural and under-served areas.  Please follow the links below to our Readiness Guide and Application Timeline to review the training eligibility requirements, our selections priorities, and what to expect when you apply to the training.

You do not need to apply again, however you will be contacted to sign up for a phone interview even if you have participated in one previously.  It’s important that we have your current email address and that you check your email regularly as this is how we will be communicating with you.

Thank you again for your continued patience during this process and feel free to let Jess know if you have questions.  We’ll be in touch!

Peer Support Specialist Training Readiness Guide July 2015
Read this before applying to the training

2015 Peer Support Specialist Training Application July 2015
This application is for all training dates and locations

Application Timeline July 2015
Find out what to expect when you apply to the training


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