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Peer Support Specialist (PSS)

A Peer Support Specialist (PSS) is any [range of] individuals who provide supportive services to a current or former consumer of mental health or addiction treatment. (From ORS 414.025).

Peer Support Specialist Training Requirements for Certification

  • Complete an approved training program; or
  • Provide documentation that you are certified by a group other than the Oregon Health Authority that requires completion of an approved training program and at least 20 hours of continuing education every three years; or
  • Provide documentation that you have worked or volunteered as a peer support specialist for at least 2000 hours in Oregon from January 1, 2004 to June 30, 2019.
  • Peer Support Specialists are required to complete THW Oral Health for Peer Support and Peer Wellness Training Program, in addition to your approved training program curricula.


Once you are certified with the Oregon Health Authority, we will add you to our state registry. The registry is a reliable, trusted source for finding a traditional health worker in Oregon.


Do you have a Civil Rights Complaint or concern regarding THW-PSS services?

For additional Information about the THW program, please contact us at:

Telephone: 971-673-3353
Fax: 971-673-1128