About Peer Recovery Specialists

Peer Recovery Specialists help a person become ready and willing to seek treatment (if needed) and enter recovery by helping the person explore their options for recovery or treatment.  Peer Recovery Specialists ask questions, offer insight, and help service recipients as they become whole, resourceful, and capable of choosing what is best for them.

 

Peer Recovery Specialists use a strengths-based approach helping service recipients find and utilize their values, assets, and strengths while supporting them in achieving success.  They recognize that it is normal for recovering service recipients to have gaps in their skills or development.  The role of the specialist is to help service recipients recognize and fill these gaps with the skills needed.  Peer Recovery services focus on the present and future and are based on partnership with the recipient.

 

The role of Peer Recovery Specialists can be viewed on a continuum of services and falls between the role of recovery support individuals/recovery sponsor and the substance abuse or mental health counselors.  The role of the Peer Recovery Specialist has emerged from the recognition of a need to reconnect substance abuse and mental health treatment to the larger continuum of recovery management.  The peer is not a sponsor or a therapist but rather a role model, mentor, advocate, and

 

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Recirpocal (CPRSR) Credential

The Certified Peer Recovery Speciliast Reciprocal credential is a reciprocal credential.  This credential demonstrates demonstrates competency for advanced peer recovery specialists that have accurued sufficient supervised experience.

 

Fees

First Time Certification: $150 (includes processing fee, IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam, and one year of certification)

First Annual Renewal of Certification: $75 (includes one year of certification)

All Subsequent Recertifications/Renewals: $150 (includes two years of certification)

Retest Fee: $125 (includes processing fee and IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam)

 

Application

 

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Credential

The Certified Peer Recovery Speciliast credential is an entry-level state credential.  This credential demonstrates basic competency in peer recovery.

 

Fees

First Time Certification: $150 (includes processing fee, IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam, and one year of certification)

First Annual Renewal of Certification: $75 (includes one year of certification)

All Subsequent Recertifications/Renewals: $150 (includes two years of certification)

Retest Fee: $125 (includes processing fee and IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam)

 

Application