Search for
Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Home Page
Peer Support Specialist Curriculum Approval Process
Contact Information
275 E. Main Street 4WG
Frankfort, KY 40621
Phone: (502) 564-4456
Fax: (502) 564-9010
Hours: Monday–Friday
8:00 am–4:30 pm ET


Crisis Lines by County
Suicide Prevention Hotline

Contact Us

Curriculum Approval Process for Peer Support Specialists

The Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) will approve the following curricula for Peer Support Specialists (PSS): Adult Peer Support Specialist, Family Peer Support Specialist, Youth Peer Support Specialist, and Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, as established in the Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The regulations provide the curriculum applicant with an understanding of the requirements for peer support specialists—both eligibility and training—and specifically speak to the elements of a "training curriculum" and the training requirements (testing of the trainee and evaluation of the trainers). View these regulations in Related Links.

DBHDID recommends use of this rubric and related documents to ensure providers' submission of all necessary materials. This will allow DBHDID staff to review the curricula in their entirety and make an approval decision or request supplementary materials in an efficient manner, within the period specified.

If any curricula have been approved to use for training, a link to "Approved Curricula" will appear in the Related Links box which will access a list of contact information for approved providers of Peer Support Specialist training.

The information below lists the core components of each curriculum and explains the curriculum approval process.

Sample curriculum formats, sample test questions and a sample evaluation are provided in the "Curriculum Approval Process" section.

Overview of the Training Curricula for Peer Support Specialists

Core Components of the Curriculum for Adult Peer Support Specialists (30 hours)

  1. Problem solving
  2. Wellness recovery action plan
  3. Stages in the recovery process
  4. Effective listening skills
  5. Establishing recovery goals
  6. Using support groups to promote and sustain recovery

Core Components of the Curriculum for Kentucky Family Leadership Academy (15 hours) (note prerequisite for both potential Family and Youth Peer Support Specialists)

  1. Leadership roles
  2. Communication skills
  3. Decision-making skills
  4. Dealing with conflict
  5. Effective advocacy
  6. Collaboration and partnerships

Core Components of the Curriculum for Family Peer Support Specialists (30 hours)

  1. Problem solving
  2. Wellness recovery action plan
  3. Stages in the recovery process
  4. Effective listening skills
  5. Establishing recovery goals
  6. Using support groups to promote and sustain recovery

Core Components of the Curriculum for Youth Peer Support Specialists (30 hours)

  1. System of care philosophy
  2. Wraparound process
  3. Youth support
  4. Group process
  5. Cultural and linguistic competence
  6. Communication
  7. Organization
  8. Self-care
  9. Leadership
  10. Ethics and values

Curriculum Approval Process

  1. Review the curriculum rubric document(s) in the "Curriculum Documents By Curriculum Type" section to understand what content is requested for each curriculum.
  2. Below are some sample resources to assist with curriculum development:
    1. Sample curriculum format:  PDF  Word
    2. Links to sample curricula:
      1. Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Curriculum for Addiction Professionals, SAMHSA
      2. Core Curriculum on Tuberculosis: What the Clinician Should Know, CDC
    3. Sample evaluation of training:  DBHDID Training Event Evaluation Form
    4. Links to sample trainee test questions:
      1. Adult Mental Health Case Management Exam
      2. Kentucky Peer Specialist Exam
    5. Illustration of the steps for the curriculum development process:  PDF  Word
  3. Submit the following items for review:
    1. A Single Curriculum Submission Summary.
    2. A completed Curriculum Rubric Document is recommended for each curriculum submitted.
    3. A curriculum for each area submitted (including the trainee test and evaluation form of the training), with each saved as a Word, PowerPoint and/or PDF file using a USB flash drive. Please note that multiple curricula can be submitted on one USB flash drive. Clearly label the USB flash drive with the provider's name.

Submit this information to:

Laura Cunningham
Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities
Division of Program Integrity
Program Support Branch
275 East Main Street 4CD
Frankfort, KY 40621


After a curriculum is received, it will be reviewed within 20 business days. Communication on the status of the submitted curriculum will be sent to the contact person listed on the "Single Curriculum Submission Summary."

Once the curriculum is approved, then the provider will submit general information on those who have completed this training. Correspondence concerning the submission of this information will be sent via mail or email.

Curriculum Documents By Curriculum Type

Adult Peer Support Specialist (APSS)

Kentucky Family Leadership Academy (KFLA)

Family Peer Support Specialist (FPSS)

Youth Peer Support Specialist (YPSS)

Questions About the Process?

Please click on "Email Contact Form" in the Contact Information box to submit questions about the process.

Last Updated 6/1/2016 7:05:15 PM
Unbridled Spirit
© 2018 Commonwealth of Kentucky. All rights reserved. Kentucky.gov