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A state agency is gathering public input on the development of a peer support specialist certification process.

A meeting is set from 5-6 p.m. Thursday at Prairie Rose Room 101 at the Bismarck Event Center.

Peer support specialists use their experience recovering from addiction or mental illness, along with formal training, to support others in recovery. 

“Supporting and expanding peer support is an effective, evidence-based way for North Dakota to improve the current behavioral health system,” said Pam Sagness, director of the state's Behavioral Health Division.

Information on the proposed certification process is available online at www.behavioralhealth.nd.gov/addiction/peer-support.

Those unable to attend the meeting can submit comments until 5 p.m. on Nov. 22 to Nicole Berman by e-mail at nberman@nd.gov; by mail to 1237 W. Divide Ave., Bismarck, ND 58501; or by phone at (701) 328-8949.

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