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Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialists (KYPSS) Core Competencies Training Requirements

Each applicant must:

  1. meet the criteria of a youth with lived experience with an emotional, social, behavioral, and/or substance use disability,
  2. possess, at a minimum, a high school diploma or GED equivalency,
  3. have successfully completed the Kentucky Family Leadership Academy,
  4. discuss experience of receiving state-funded services from at least one child-serving agency on the applicant’s responses on the short-essay form, and
  5. demonstrate experience with leadership and advocacy in the field of behavioral health, as well as the ability to demonstrate his or her own efforts at self-directed leadership development.


Achieving KYPSS status includes:

  • compiling documentation of prerequisites,
  • applying for acceptance to the Core Competency Training,
  • attending the training upon acceptance,
  • passing oral and written KYPSS examinations, and
  • receiving a certificate of completion.

Explanation/Clarification of Terms

Disability:  an emotional, social, behavioral, and/or substance use disability that is defined in the current version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM).

State-funded Services: To qualify for the position of Kentucky Youth Peer Support Specialist (KYPSS), there must be or have been a connection between the youth’s disability/diagnosis and receipt of at least one state-funded service.  Examples of state- funded services include: Kentucky IMPACT, Special Education Services, Court Designated Worker or Public Defender, services offered through a Community Mental Health Center, private child care, crisis stabilization units, or residential treatment program.

These services could be provided from a variety of child-serving agencies such as: Administrative Office of the Courts; Department for Juvenile Justice; Department of Education; Department for Public Health; Department for Community Based Services; Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities; Family Resource or Youth Services Centers.

Youth Peer Support Core Competency Training Application - October 10th -14th, 2022

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Mailing Address*
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Email Address (personal email address preferred)*
Provide the following information by indicating “yes” with a CHECK mark.*
Max. file size: 50 MB.
If you have your proof of education saved electronically or proof of completing the Kentucky Family Leadership Academy, you can save time by uploading that document or picture here! You may also turn it in later to Carmilla Ratliff at: carmilla@kypartnership.org
Payment Option - NOTE: If you would like to pay the training fee by credit card, please go to the main KPFC webpage after submitting this application and click on the donate tab. In the comments box, Put the name of the person you are paying for and the name of the training*
Make Checks payable to Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children, Inc. Mailing address: 600 Teton Trail - Frankfort, KY 40601
Price: $300.00


Oct 10 - 14 2022


8:30 am - 6:00 pm





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