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


Peer Support Specialists promote recovery by using their own lived experience with mental illness 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.

Please visit the Peer Support Training website for the most up to date information


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The application cycle for 2015 peer support specialist trainings has closed.  We do not yet know when 2016 trainings will be held, and we will update this page when dates are scheduled.


Let Jess know your name and location if you’d like to be informed via email about 2016 training dates.


2015 trainings were held on the following dates:
August 24-28, 2015 in Boise
September 21-25, 2015 in Idaho Falls
November 9-13, 2015 in Coeur d’Alene


Peer Support Specialist Endorsement Trainings are now available.  Click here to learn more!


Please refer to this letter to learn about applying for new certification through the Department of Health and Welfare by December 31, 2015.  You will be applying using the Application by Reciprocity and all information you need to apply including the application, application instructionscurrent Code of Ethics, and FAQs  can be found on the Department of Health and Welfare’s website.  Please READ this information carefully and direct all of your questions about certification to 208-639-5720, or e-mail

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.  You can find certification information here.  Please direct all of your questions about certification to 208-639-5720, or e-mail

For 2015, we were funded to train 25 peer support specialists in each of the three (3) DHW hubs and have held all of these trainings.  25 individuals in regions 1 and 2, 25 individuals in regions 3 and 4, and 25 individuals in regions 5, 6 and 7 were trained.  Trainings took place in Boise, Idaho Falls, and Coeur d’Alene.  Please note that individuals will not NOT be admitted into 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 Boise will not be permitted to attend the training scheduled in Coeur d’Alene.

We had ten (10) scholarships available for each of the 3 trainings and they were awarded based solely on need. By applying to future trainings, applicants also apply for a scholarship if needed. For those trainees who are not selected for a scholarship, the peer support specialist training fee is $300 which does not include travel, accommodations, or per diem.  We are not accepting applications at this time and will update this page when we are.  Please contact Jess at if you would like to be updated about 2016 training opportunities.

We will be offering continuing education opportunities in 2016 and will update certified peer support specialists with dates and details when we have them.
Topics will include:
-Wellness Recovery Action Planning: How to develop a WRAP and demonstration of the WRAP app for smartphones
-Ethics: A Review of Idaho’s Peer Support Specialist Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
-Shared Decision Making: How To’s and Appropriate Use
-Peer Support Services-Challenges and Success: What can you do when you are challenged in your role as a Peer Support Specialist

We will be offering Agency Readiness Training in 2016 to agencies and supervisors who would like to implement and/or improve their peer support program.  Let Jess know if you’d like to receive updates about the dates and details of this training.

Thank you again for your interest in the Idaho Peer Support Specialist Training and feel free to let Jess know if you have questions.

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

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

Certification Letter to Peer Support Specialist Trained Prior to 2015
Learn about applying for new certification through the Department of Health and Welfare











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