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About Peer-Delivered Services

In 2007, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved Medicaid coverage of peer support services. The Oregon Health Authority recognizes the value of peer-delivered services to:

  • Transform Oregon's behavioral health system, and
  • Create a recovery-based system of care. 

OHA oversees the certification standards and rules for peer-delivered service providers. OHA works with consumers, survivors, partners and Oregon's peer network to:​

  • Develop strategies and training.
  • Integrate peers into insurance options and health care programs.
  • Promote certifying peers representing Oregon's diverse population, including veterans and young adults.​​
  • Increase the use of peers throughout Oregon.​

Sections 20 and 21 of Oregon Revised Statute (ORS) 414.025 define Peer Support Specialist and Peer Wellness Specialist. 

ORS 414.665 defines Peer Support Specialists and Peer Wellness Specialists as a type of Traditional Health Worker (THW).

The THW Oregon Administrative Rules (Chapter 410 Division 180) list the requirements for training, certification and enrollment of THWs.​

For information about THW legislation, visit the THW website​.


Program Contact

Beau Rappaport, PSS 
Peer-Delivered Services Coordinator
503-309-3567

Find Peer-Delivered Services Providers

Find certified providers on OHA's Traditional Health Worker registry.