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Dept of Human Services Division of Substance Abuse & Mental Health (DSAMH)
ATTN: Christy Wixom
195 North 1950 West
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
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Guiding Principals

Peer specialists are fully integrated members of a treatment team who provide highly individualized services in the community and promote client self-determination and decision-making. Peer specialists also provide essential expertise and consultation to the entire treatment team to promote a culture in which each client’s point of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected, and integrated into treatment, rehabilitation, and community self-help activities. The need for the services is negotiated between the consumer and clinician in the treatment planning process and will be listed on individuals recovery plan as is any other needed services is required to do so.

Certified Peer Specialists are employees of community mental health/substance abuse centers and their subcontractors, Utah State Hospital, Veteran Administration, and DSAMH. CPS employees are subject to the same employment process and responsibilities as any other employee. They are subject to job announcements, job descriptions, hiring practices, probationary periods, supervision, disciplinary actions, code of conducts etc… as is customarily practice by the agency they work for. They are also subject to all benefits, incentives, protections, and advancements as any other employee in the agency.

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Upcoming Events

The Division is excited to announce the 2012 Utah State Peer/Consumer Conference on September 14, 2012 that will be held at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. The event is sponsored by the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health and is being hosted by Empowerment Services (a consumer run organization).

The conference is for current or past consumers of mental health services. There is no cost although registration is limited to 150 attendees. Also, there are some scholarships available for hotel sleeping rooms for those that will be traveling over 50 miles to the conference. For more information and registration please click the following link


Links of Interest for CPS

Links to Webinars

Training Links

Recovery E-Course

Resiliency E-courses


Certified Peer Support Specialists can earn Continuing Education Credits by taking approved online courses from Magellan Health.
Some of the approved courses are listed under the “Links” section of this website. Look for them under the headings of Training Links,
Recovery e-Course and Resiliency E-Courses.