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Reauthorization of the
COVID-19 Emergency Renewal Assistance Program

In support of New York State’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, the New York Peer Specialist Certification Board (NYPSCB) has taken several steps to reduce the risks posed by the COVID-19 epidemic to staff, board members and the public. As we continue to monitor how the NYPSCB can best support those seeking and maintaining peer specialist certification in New York State, the board recently reauthorized the NYPSCB COVID-19 Renewal Assistance Program which was originally designed in June 2020 to remove barriers to maintaining certification.

Due to the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19, the NYPSCB reauthorized a second round of renewal assistance extending the NYPSCB COVID-19 Renewal Assistance Program for all certified peer specialists for 6 months or more depending upon their initial certification date.

In May 2021, the NYPSCB COVID-19 Renewal Assistance Program will renewal all certified peer specialists for up to 19 months without requiring submission of renewal applications. 

For questions about the NYPSCB COVID-19 Renewal Assistance Program please contact the NYPSCB office.

The 4th Annual NYPSCB
Digital Conference
with APS & WCNY-IPA was a huge success!


From Surviving to Thriving: Promoting Recovery Through Peer Support

The online conference will be a multi-day, digital event with live & self-paced learning options designed to provide learning and collaborative opportunities. Thanks to the generous support of our conference partners, more than 24 hours of NYPSCB CEUs will be available at no cost if post-tests and evaluations are completed by 12/31/2020.

COVID-19 Emergency Renewal Assistance Program


NEW - NYCPS-P ONLINE Application

To submit your NYCPS-Provisional Application online


NYCPS-P Application PDF Version

To download a copy of the NYCPS-Provisional Application


NYCPS Application PDF Version

To download a copy of the NYCPS Application


To submit your NYCPS-P Online Renewal


APS Virtual/Digital/Tele-Peer Support Survey


Tell us about your Virtual/Digital/Tele-Peer Support Experience and Technology Needs:  A survey for Peer Support Specialists and Supervisors/Managers of Peer Support Services.

We know how hard Peer Support Specialists have been working during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting stay-at-home orders. Your efforts to provide peer tele-support, or supervise those supports, have ensured people remain connected and able to access the critical services and supports they need and desire. Please tell us how it is going and what resources you might continue to need.


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Code of Ethical Conduct

The New York Peer Specialist Certification Board has approved a Code of Ethical Conduct and Grievance Procedure. To download a copy of the NYPSCB Ethical Code Handbook


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By becoming a New York Certified Peer Specialist, you are recognized as a qualified professional working with individuals in the mental health system based on “The Shared Personal Experience” paradigm. READ MORE

The Academy of Peer Services is an training platform for individuals delivering peer support services in NYS. Trainings are free of charge to persons working in or who wish to work in the NYS Mental Health System. Courses are designed by peer leaders in NYS and enveloped in partnership with our academic partner at Rutgers University School of Health Related Professions.