MENTAL HEALTH NAVIGATOR/
CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST

The Mental Health Navigator/Certified Peer Specialist is responsible for assisting individuals and families in obtaining mental health treatment, resources, support and education. As an advocate for the client's needs and rights, the Navigator helps the individual build self-determination skills, supports recovery hope, and builds connection to the community. The Navigator also provides information and education to the broader community about the damaging role and undermining affect stigma can play in recovery. And, as a person living in recovery with mental illness, the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS has the ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships while being an advocate for the clients needs and rights.  The CPS helps the individual build self-determination skills, supports recovery hope, and builds connection to the community. The Certified Peer Specialist also provides information and education to the broader community about the damaging role and undermining affect stigma can play in recovery. 

The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) works within the Mental Health Connect ministry of Bethlehem Lutheran Church Twin Cities and with the Mental Health Navigator.