2015 Oklahoma Statutes
Title 43A. Mental Health
§43A-3-326. Peer recovery support specialists.

43A OK Stat § 43A-3-326 (2015) What's This?

A. The Board of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services shall promulgate rules for certification of peer recovery support specialists who are:

1. Employed by the state;

2. Employed by a behavioral services provider contracting with the state to provide behavioral health services; or

3. Employed by a behavioral services provider certified by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Provided, however, that certification as a peer recovery support specialist pursuant to this subsection shall be limited to providing services within the employer's area of certification.

B. Such rules shall address criteria for certification and renewal, including minimum education requirements, examination and supervision requirements, continuing education requirements, and rules of professional conduct.

C. Application for certification as a peer recovery support specialist shall be made to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services on prescribed forms. The Board, or the Commissioner of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services upon delegation by the Board, may certify the peer recovery support specialist for a period of two (2) years subject to renewal as provided in the rules promulgated by the Board.

D. The Board is authorized to establish an application and renewal fee of no more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) to defray the costs incurred in the certification process.

E. A peer recovery support specialist certified by the Board or the Commissioner shall only use the title "certified peer recovery support specialist" if employed by the state or by behavioral services providers contracting with or certified by the state to provide behavioral health services. This section shall not be construed to permit the certified peer recovery support specialist to practice any of the following professions or use the following titles unless also licensed or accredited by the appropriate authority:

1. Physician;

2. Psychologist;

3. Clinical social worker;

4. Professional counselor;

5. Marital and family therapist;

6. Behavioral practitioner; or

7. Alcohol and drug counselor.

F. No peer recovery support specialist shall operate or continue to operate as a peer recovery support specialist unless the peer recovery support specialist complies with the rules promulgated by the Board and is certified as required by this section.

G. Failure to comply with rules promulgated by the Board shall be grounds for revocation, suspension, or nonrenewal of certification.

Added by Laws 2010, c. 287, § 18, eff. Nov. 1, 2010. Amended by Laws 2013, c. 335, § 2, eff. Nov. 1, 2013.

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