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Peer counselor certification.

The mental health division certifies consumers to provide peer support services.
(1) In order to be certified as a peer counselor, all applicants must meet the following requirements:
(a) Be a self-identified consumer of mental health services, as defined;
(b) Maintain registration as a counselor under chapter 18.19 RCW;
(c) Complete specialized training provided or contracted by the mental health division; and
(d) Successfully pass an examination administered by the mental health division or an authorized contractor.
(2) The training requirement specified in (2)(c) of this subsection is waived for consumers who were trained prior to October 1, 2004 by trainers approved by the mental health division, provided that all of the other requirements are met by January 31, 2005.
(3) A consumer whose request for certification is denied has the right to contest this decision by submitting a written request to the mental health division within twenty-eight calendar days of the date of notification:
(a) The request should include the consumer's name, address, and telephone number and a brief explanation of the issue and resolution being requested;
(b) The consumer also has the right to use the state administrative hearing process as described in chapter 388-02 WAC;
(c) A consumer who completes the administrative hearing process may request reconsideration in accordance with chapter 388-02 WAC but does not have recourse to review by the DSHS board of appeals.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 71.24.035 (5)(c), 71.24.037. WSR 05-17-156, ยง 388-865-0107, filed 8/22/05, effective 9/22/05.]