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Recovery support services requiring program-specific certificationPeer support services.

Peer support services are a recovery support service that requires program-specific certification by the department's division of behavioral health and recovery.
(1) Peer support services provide a wide range of activities to assist an individual in exercising control over their own life and recovery process through:
(a) Developing self-advocacy and natural supports;
(b) Maintenance of community living skills;
(c) Promoting socialization; and
(d) The practice of peer counselors sharing their own life experiences related to mental illness to build alliances that enhance the individual's ability to function.
(2) An agency providing peer support services must ensure peer support counselors:
(a) Are recognized by the division of behavioral health and recovery (DBHR) as a "peer counselor" as defined in WAC 388-877-0200.
(b) Provide peer support services:
(i) Under the supervision of a mental health professional; and
(ii) Within the scope of the peer counselor's training and department of health credential.
(c) Receive annual training relevant to their unique working environment.
(3) An agency providing peer support services must document the frequency, duration, and expected outcome of all peer support services in the individual service plan.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 70.02.290, 70.02.340, 70.96A.040(4), 71.05.560, 71.24.035 (5)(c), 71.34.380, and 2014 c 225. WSR 16-13-087, § 388-877A-0340, filed 6/15/16, effective 7/16/16. Statutory Authority: Chapters 70.02, 70.96A, 71.05, 71.24, 71.34, 74.50 RCW, RCW 74.08.090, 43.20A.890, and 42 C.F.R. Part 8. WSR 13-12-053, § 388-877A-0340, filed 5/31/13, effective 7/1/13.]
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