Peer Recovery Mentor Training


Our Peer Recovery Mentor Training (PRMT) program meets the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Traditional Health Worker training standards for Adults in Mental Health and Addiction Recovery.  Individuals who complete the 40 hour PRMT training are eligible to become Oregon State Certified Peer Recovery Mentors under the Traditional Health Care Worker (THW) program.

PRMT includes several wellness topics:

  • Recovery Components: recovery principles
  • Peer Support: compassionate interactions with peers
  • Person-Centered Planning (PCP): supporting individuals in creating wellness plans
  • Motivational Interviewing: supporting individuals toward wellness
  • Wellness & Resiliency: skills to bounce and bend through stressful life events
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences: understanding ACE’s
  • Understanding Mental Health & Addictions: information toward empathy
  • Group Facilitation: peer-led facilitation skills

Project ABLE provides training scholarships to Military Veteran’s, older adults (over 55) experiencing substance use, individuals experiencing homelessness, individuals experiencing opioid use, and individuals experiencing recent incarceration.  Please contact the Training Director for eligibility and requirement details.

PRMT Training Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must identify as a mental health or addictions peer in recovery defined by OHA
  • Participants must complete 40 training hours and pass end of course assessment to be eligible for the Peer Recovery Mentor Certification through OHA

Project ABLE supports all Peer Recovery Mentor (PRM) training participants with the certification process.

Specific Oregon Health Authority (OHA) certification requirements for Traditional Health Workers (THW’s) may be found here:

  • OHA Certified Peer Recovery Mentor Requirements
    • Be at least 18 years of age
    • You must Not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list
    • You must identify as a peer under one or more of the following:
      • A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or,
      • A self-identified person in recovery from an addiction disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs (2 years); and
      • Successfully complete the required training offered by an OHA approved training program for Peer Recovery Mentor
    • Complete an OHA application and send it to the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI)
    • The application form is on the OHA OEI website:
    • Pass a criminal history background check administered by the OHA background check unit (BCU)
    • If you have questions about the background check process, contact the Background Check Unit at 503.378.5470 or 888.272.5545 or