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Questions and Scenarios for Peer Support Specialists: Best Practices

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CME: 1.00
    • CPE: 1.00
    • CME-HB1: 1.00
    • ASWB ACE: 1.00
    • CNE: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Mar 28, 2022
  • Expires: Mar 27, 2025
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
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Questions and Scenarios for Peer Support Specialists: Best Practices enduring module is a recording from the live Regularly Scheduled Series dated April 29, 2021. If you claimed credit for this session at the live meeting, you should not claim credit for this module. 


Amanda T.  Fallin Amanda T. Fallin, PhD, RN
Assistant Research Professor
University of Kentucky College of Nursing
Lexington, Kentucky

Needs Statement

Peer support specialists (PSS) are individuals with substance use disorder in remission and lived experience with recovery who provide non-clinical, strengths-based support based on their own lived experience. The role of PSS has grown exponentially in the United States in recent decades. Georgia became the first state to begin billing for peer support services in 1999. As of 2019, over half of all facilities providing SUD treatment in the United States provide peer support services. Despite the growth, peer support specialists' roles in SUD are not always clear. Peer support specialists report that other health professionals undervalue or lack understanding of their job roles. Furthermore, peer support specialists have reported difficulty establishing boundaries with participants and also with work/life balance.

Target Audience

Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists, Social Workers


Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the roles/functions of peer support specialists.
  • Describe best practices for training, supervision, and workplace support for peer support specialists.
  • Discuss practices to increase connection between peer support specialists across the state.


In support of improving patient care, University of Kentucky HealthCare CECentral is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

This enduring material is designated for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

IPE Competencies

  • Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
  • Roles/ Responsibilities
  • Interprofessional Communication
  • Teams and Teamwork

This -based activity will award 1.00 contact hour (0.100 CEUs) of continuing pharmacy education credit in states that recognize ACPE providers.


As a Jointly Accredited Organization, UK HealthCare CECentral is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. UK HealthCare CECentral maintains responsibility for this course. Social workers completing this course receive 1.00 general continuing education credit.

The maximum number of hours awarded for this Continuing Nursing Education activity is 1.00 nursing contact hour.

Faculty Disclosure

All planners, faculty, and others in control of educational content are required to disclose all their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months.  An ineligible company is defined as one whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients. Financial relationships are relevant if the educational content an individual can control is related to the business lines or products of the ineligible company.

None of the planners, faculty, and others in control of educational content for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies.

The material presented in this course represents information obtained from the scientific literature as well as the clinical experiences of the speakers. In some cases, the presentations might include discussion of investigational agents and/or off-label indications for various agents used in clinical practice. Speakers will inform the audience when they are discussing investigational and/or off-label uses.


In collaboration with UK Substance Use Research Priority Area.