Behavioral health providers and nonclinical health professionals serve people who seek help for a variety of mental health and substance use disorder needs, in a variety of settings from prevention programs to community-based and inpatient treatment programs. There are many types of behavioral health providers and other health professionals, ranging from peer support specialists to psychiatrists, that support people with mental health and/or substance use disorders.
The links to the right lead to maps showing a comparison of all states and territories for the following practitioners and policy areas:
1. Prior authorization requirements for providers prescribing buprenorphine-containing products (shown below).
2. Addiction counselor credentialing.
3. Licensed professional counselors’ ability to diagnose.
4. Peer support specialist certification.
Choose a tab to explore different options. For more detailed information, please click on a state or territory.
Peer support specialists provide behavioral health services, education, recovery support and connection to other services. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) defines a peer support specialist as a person who uses his or her lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services in behavioral health settings to promote mind-body recovery and resiliency. Certification for peer support specialists varies among the states. Some states offer certification through a nonprofit entity. In other states, a state agency or specific board offers certification.
Peer support specialists may also be known as recovery support specialists, peer recovery support specialists, recovery coaches or peer coaches. Please click on your state to see how peer support specialists are identified in your state.