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In 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved coverage of peer support services and directed Oregon to define the training and certification requirements. The Oregon Health Authority (OHA), with the support of providers, stakeholders and the public decided to approve peer-delivered services training programs.
OAR 410-180 defines Peer Support Specialists (PSS) and Peer Wellness Specialists (PWS) as Traditional Health Workers (THW).
The OHA Health Systems Division (HSD) recognizes the value of peer-delivered services in transforming a behavioral health system of care based on recovery. The division works with consumers, survivors, stakeholders and Oregon's peer network to:
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