(A) A "certified peer recovery supporter" is an individual who has self-identified as being in recovery from a mental illness or substance use disorder, and has been certified through the department.
Peer recovery supporter certification requires the completion of the following requirements:
(1) A sixteen hour on-line e-based academy administered by the department;
(2) Submission of proof of a minimum of forty hours of peer service delivery training or three equivalent years formal experience in peer service delivery;
(3) Passing the department peer recovery supporter exam;
(4) Submission of a signed certified peer recovery supporter code of ethics established by the department;
(5) The submission of a completed application; and,
(6) The submission with the completed application, the results of a bureau of criminal identification and investigation criminal records check conducted within thirty days prior to submission.
Certified peer recovery supporters may have an identified specialty of mental health or addiction based upon their personal recovery experience.
(B) Certified peer recovery supporters shall be certified for a period of two years from the date of issuance of certification by the department.
(C) Peer recovery supporter certification may be renewed by submission to the department of:
(1) A renewal application;
(2) Proof of thirty hours of continuing education credits; and,
(3) The results of a bureau of criminal identification and investigation criminal records check conducted within thirty days prior to submission.
Renewal of certified peer recovery supporter status is dependent on all materials being completed and submitted to the department. Renewal of certification is for two years from the date of the expiration of previous certification or the completion of the review of renewal materials, whichever is later.
(D) Peer recovery supporter certification may be denied, not renewed, or revoked for any of the following:
(1) A failure to provide peer recovery supporter services in accordance with the standards set forth in this rule.
(2) A failure to submit a complete certification or renewal application.
(3) A failure to complete any of the requirements for certification or renewal.
(4) The department determines that the certified peer recovery supporter pledge has been violated.
(5) The individual is included in one of the following databases:
(a) The sex offender and child-victim offender database established pursuant to division (A)(11) of section 2950.13 of the Revised Code (available at http://www.icrimewatch.net/index.php?AgencyID=55149&disc=);
(b) The database of incarcerated and supervised offenders established pursuant to section 5120.66 of the Revised Code (available at http://www.drc.ohio.gov/OffenderSearch/Search.aspx).
(6) The individual shall have a criminal records check that is free from any convictions, excluding minor traffic violations, and has been released from all sanctions, for three years prior to application.
Except that individuals with an offense listed in paragraph (I) of this rule shall be permanetly excluded from certification and shall not be eligible for a waiver.
(7) The individual has a negative finding from the department conflict of interest review committee.
(E) The denial of an application for certification or renewal, or the revocation of certification is subject to appeal under Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.
(F) Continuing education shall be based on individual needs, skill level, and interest of the individual; and shall address, at a minimum, the following:
(1) An understanding of systems care, such as natural support systems, entitlements and benefits, inter and intra-agency systems of care, crisis response systems, medications, culture, trauma informed care, diversity competence, human traffickin, and intent of peer recovery services (2) Characteristics of populations to be served such as symptoms, medications, culture, age, gender, sexual orientation, and human development.
(G) Any individual disqualified from certification due to a criminal offense in paragraph (D) of this rule may request a waiver of that disqualification by submission of a waiver request form. The waiver form shall set forth factors related to conviction, time lapsed since the conviction, related circumstances, and changes in the applicant's life since the charge or conviction. If a waiver a is granted for an individual, the waiver is only for those offenses listed on the waiver and is not subject to review by the department upon the individual's certification renewal.
(H) Applications for certification and renewal, and all accompanying materials, are subject to public records requests pursuant to Chapter 149. of the Revised Code; however the department shall not use the applications for any purpose other than determining certification status and shall be kept confidential unless disclosure is required by state or federal law.
(I) Disqualifying offenses (sections of the Revised Code).
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