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Certified Family Peer Specialist Program

Certified Family Peer Specialist Program

The Certified Family Peer Specialist (CFPS) program is a state certification process in Minnesota for parents and caregivers that have raised or are currently raising children with mental health diagnoses. This certification process prepares individuals to utilize their own experience navigating children’s mental health systems in partnering with families.

The CFPS workforce will provide nonclinical family peer support, build on the strengths of families to help them achieve desired outcomes and increase children’s ability to function better in the  home, school, and community by educating parents on resources and assisting with problem solving.










The CFPS certification consists of both a Minnesota state and national certification process. Training topics include:

  • Child development, attachment and trauma
  • Cultural responsiveness
  • Collaborative problem solving
  • Active listening
  • Suicide prevention and intervention
  • Ethical interaction and boundaries

Applications are now open for training starting September 2017!

Read this information before you apply – You will be redirected to the application.



We will come to you! Do you work with parents or employees who would like to be trained as a Certified Family Peer Specialist? MACMH will bring certification training to your area for groups of 15-25 people.

The CFPS is a Medicaid reimbursable position! Please access the provider manual for additional details about billing.


Additional Information

Check out the Minnesota Statute 256B.0616 Mental Health Certified Family Peer Specialist at



If you are interested in applying to become a Certified Family Peer Specialist or would like to employ Certified Specialists, call MACMH Project Director, Rachael Jacques at 651-644-7333 or email her at