The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) assists individuals and families in obtaining mental health treatment, resources, support and education. As a person living in recovery with mental illness, the 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.

Liz Timm

Liz graduated from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota with a double major in English Writing and Communications. After a career in public relations and wearing many other professional hats, Liz found her way to the Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) training program in November of 2011. There, she discovered the profound value in all of her life story, including a 25 year journey traversing the terrain of mental illness (and health), addiction (and recovery), and healing. Liz feels honored to hold a mirror, so to speak, to others who might benefit from seeing themselves in another light: a light of ability and hope.

Contact Liz at 612.312.3377 or by email, etimm@bethlehem-church.org.