Certified Peer Specialist Training for Individuals Who Are Deaf and American Sign Language Users

(602) 636-4563

The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) is recruiting qualified individuals who are deaf, use ASL, are seeking employment and want to take Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) training to learn how to use their personal experience in mental health recovery to help other individuals who are deaf and have mental health needs.

OMHSAS is offering this training opportunity to individuals from other states who are deaf and ASL users and meet their state/territory training requirements to become a Certified Peer Specialist. 

Information on the Training

The following is a link to a video announcement in ASL providing details on this important training:


Certified Peer Specialists:

  • Are trained to offer support and assistance in helping others in their mental health recovery
  • inspire hope and share their mental health recover story to help others
  • Promote empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills and resiliency 

Training dates and location:

The 75 hour (10-day) training is scheduled for December 4-15, 2017. The training will be held at:

Hyatt Place

440 American Ave

King of Prussia, PA 19406

CPS training/employment guidelines for Pennsylvania residents:

Deaf and ASL user

18 years of age or older

Received or is receiving mental health services for serious mental illness

Have a high school diploma or general equivalency diploma

From 2015 through 2017:

maintained at least 12 months of successful work or volunteer experience, or

earned at least 24 credit hours from a college or post-secondary educational institution

Individuals must be seeking employment and willing to work upon completion of CPS training

Out of state applicants please contact PJ Simonson at [email protected] for information regarding training fees.

To complete an online training application:

Please email PJ Simonson at [email protected] and ask for an application for the CPS Training for deaf candidates. The forms will be emailed to you to complete online. Once finished, return the application to PJ.

The deadline for applying is November 13, 2017.

If you have questions about the Training, please contact PJ Simonson, RI Consulting, at [email protected] or via phone at (602) 636-4563