Welcome to Recovery!
We are excited that you have started your journey to recovery and we want to support you in that journey.
We offer many things for all of our members and our basic membership is FREE!
- Weekly Realizing Recovery e-Newsletter
- Notifications of our trainings and events
- Connection to the recovery community
- Free admission to our annual Recovery Conference!
If you were directed to this page from the Mapping Your Journey questionnaire, your responses indicate either
you are not yet ready to pursue your Path to PS101,
you have barriers to attending training or completing volunteer requirements, or
you do not meet the minimum time in recovery requirements for Paths to PS101 program participation
At this time, we would like to invite you to review and register for our Peer Coaching Series that will provide a foundational understanding of peer-to-peer support work and prepares people to begin volunteer or non-licensed recovery support work. This is an excellent opportunity to add to your resume and learn more about Recovery Coaching and gain the necessary knowledge. skills, and experience to achieve your future peer support certification goals.
This chapter provides a snapshot of trauma
Develop and implement leadership skills.
Learn how to bring MPN resources to your community as an affiliate.
Learn how you can build partnerships as a leader and advocate.
Learn about the basics of how boards function, what the expectations are, and how to be a leader and advocate for the recovery movement
This online training will help you understand the process for writing an Advanced Psychiatric Directive (APD) and the laws concerning them in Montana.
Current Employment or Employment Offer
Current offer of employment as a Certified Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist
You have reached this section because you have indicated:
You have at least 24 months in stable recovery and
You have a job offer in peer support; or
You are currently working in Peer Support.
All candidates for our Trailheads must complete the Mapping Your Journey Questionnaire to begin the application process.You will be directed to the trail that is most appropriate for your situation.
Before you complete the PS 101 application, you need to submit verification of your employment or offer of employment. This written offer or employment verification must include a starting date, hourly wage agreement, and duties within the prescribed CBHPSS Scope of Practice and Ethics.
You must submit this employment verification to us before your application will be processed.
Full Payment for Training
No Employment Offer
Not Currently Working
Prefer a Fast-Track
No Out of State License
Pay $950 training fee
You have reached this trail because you indicated:
You do not have a job offer in peer support;
You are not currently employed in peer support; or
You are not licensed in another state; and
You are able to pay for the training.
All candidates for our Trailheads must complete the Mapping Your Journey Questionnaire to begin the application process. You will be directed to the trail that is most appropriate for your situation. If you qualify for PS 101, you will be sent the application link.
Transfer License from Another State
Active license in another state
Current/Active CBHPSS License (Another State) Education/ Training Competencies Employment/ Employment Offer
Welcome to Montana!
You have reached this page because you indicated that you are currently licensed or certified as a Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist (or equivalent) in another state.
Montana does not have any reciprocity agreements with other states regarding honoring licensing for Peer Support Specialists.
All candidates for our Trailheads must complete the Mapping Your Journey Questionnaire to begin the application process. You will be directed to the trail that is most appropriate for your situation.
MPN must be able to verify your current out-of-state credentials digitally. Otherwise, you must provide an official copy of current license from other state, either via email from other State office or paper copy originating from other State office.
Trail of Training & Volunteer Experience
No employment offer
No Out-of-state license
VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE (100 Hours)
ADDITIONAL TRAINING (12+ Hours)
Path-to-PS101 Volunteer Program
You have reached this page because you have indicated:
You do not have a job offer in peer support;
You are not currently working in Peer Support;
You are not licensed or certified in another state;
You are unwilling or unable to pay the $950 training fee.
Candidates must complete a minimum of 100 hours of Volunteer time at one of several MPN approved Recovery-Centered sites. These hours must have been done over a period of no less than 90 days. The point is to have accumulated quality experience in a Recovery setting, not just checking a box on an application.
As an alternative to performing all volunteer hours in one location, applicant may have completed total of 100 or more hours of Volunteer Service in other Recovery-Centered settings. However, verification of these hours may be more difficult (Notarized verification letters or documentation of leading online groups, etc.). Examples of these Recovery-Centered settings may include:
- Facilitator for Peer-led Recovery group such as SMART Recovery, WRAP Program, Mindfulness program, or other non-12-step recovery group. (Must be trained, certified facilitator for respective group being led.)
- Applicant may also be able to gain hours by facilitating on online group for MPN.
- Also, if verified, applicant may count supervised hours worked in Recovery Oriented community non-profit facilities such as homeless shelters, warming centers, soup kitchens, food pantries, etc. These hours must involve working directly in contact with the clients, such as:
- Welcoming and check-in
- Serving food
- Distribution of food at Food Pantry
- Distribution of clothing/goods at shelter
This would NOT include duties such as collecting and restocking shelves in a food pantry or re-sale shop, cooking/preparing food, cleaning bedding or facilities, or any other task that does not involve direct contact with those being served.
Additional education is required to ensure you understand peer support-type roles, have a thorough understanding of recovery and the philosophy that there are many pathways to recovery, and are prepared for the workforce.
This introductory training is designed for those who want to know more about recovery, those who are new to recovery or want to learn more about the recovery movement.