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Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialist

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The Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialist program is a new program that will certify young adults ages 18 through 30 in Tennessee, who have lived experience with or are on a journey of healing from mental illness and/or substance abuse for at least a year, to provide peer support to other young adults dealing with the same issues.

1. Link to the CYAPSS Handbook 

The CYAPSS handbook will break down everything you need to know about how to become a Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialist. There are also details about the role and responsibilities of a CYAPSS, our Code of Ethics, and other program policies.

2. Link to the Frequently Asked Questions

Since we’re a new program, we understand that you have a lot of questions! Please check out this list first to see if your question has been answered already.

3. Link to the Part One: Application for CYAPSS Training

Ready to become a CYAPSS? Check out our application to participate in the Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialist training. Be sure to save your longer responses in a Word document so you don’t lose any of your work. Please remember that getting accepted into the training is just the first part to being certified. After the training, you will have to fill out Part Two: Application for CYAPSS Certification.

4. Link to the Part Two: Application for CYAPSS Certification

You did it! You completed the training and obtained your 75 hours of peer support. Now it’s time to fill out this form, have your supervisor to sign off, and get yourself certified. Please note that you will also need to complete the Letter of Character or Professional Reference and Employment or Volunteer Summary. Include these with your application for certification submission.

5. Link to the Letter of Character or Professional Reference

6. Link to the Employment or Volunteer Summary

You’re going to need both of these forms for references and employment or volunteer history to complete your Part Two: Application for CYAPSS Certification.

7. CYAPSS Renewal (Applicant)

8. CYAPSS Renewal (Supervisor)

Your CYAPSS certification needs to be renewed on an annual basis. Complete this form when you’re coming up on a year from the time you were certified. Has it been over a year? Read the handbook to find out what the policy is on renewing after your certification has expired.

For More Information

If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Phone: 800-560-5767
Email: OCA.TDMHSAS@tn.gov
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for state holidays)

If you feel at any time that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line toll-free 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-274-7471.

To learn more about the Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialist program, please contact:

Morgan Morris
Youth & Young Adult Coordinator
615-532-5006
Morgan.Morris@tn.gov