This classification is viewed as the title for the Peer Recovery workforce, primarily involved in providing recovery support services to Candidates living with and history of behavioral health disorders. This credential is governed by the Maryland Behavioral-health Professional Certification Board, as a consortium member of IC&RC with reciprocal properties on the international level.
The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential standardizes qualifications of those working in recovery support environments within the behavioral health system The CPRS credential is designed for individuals with personal, lived experience in their own recovery from addiction, mental illness, co-occurring disorders and family/allies of behavioral health. The CPRS certification validates the person in long-term recovery has obtain formal training and education of the knowledge, skills and abilities in each of the four Domain and is committed to the adherence to the Ethics Code of Conduct, Principles and Service Guidelines.
The Maryland Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) credential is an International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) approved certification created to identify the implementation of Peer recovery supportive services provided by Candidates in long-term recovery from mental health and substance use disorders. The CPRS certification validates the person in long-term recovery has obtain formal training and education of the knowledge, skills and abilities in each of the four Domain and is committed to the adherence to the Ethics Code of Conduct, Principles and Service Guidelines.
Emphasis should be given to ensure the Applicant has had training to properly engage in the state’s Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC). Subject matter may include substance use disorders and drug effects, mental health and medication assisted treatment, somatic health and nutritional issues in the behavioral health population such as relapse prevention, trauma, motivational enhancement and the stages of change.
In order to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in the State of Maryland, all Applicants must meet the following requirements to qualify for the CPRS Examination:
- The Applicant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age;
- The Applicant must be a resident or work in the State of Maryland at least 51% of the time;
- The Applicant must self-identify as a person in long-term recovery from the effects of a behavioral health disorder (i.e. mental health and/or substance use disorder) for a period of two years or more.
- The Applicant must provide proof of a High School Diploma or a General Equivalency Degree (GED) to be sent directly to MABPCB
- College transcripts may be submitted in lieu of High School Diploma or GED
- The Applicant must complete 46 hours of documented behavioral health Peer specific continuing education units (CEU’s) provided by an MABPCB approved organizational provider within the following four (4) Domains:
- Advocacy Domain – 10 hours
- Ethical Responsibility Domain – 16 hours
- Mentoring/Education Domain – 10 hours
- Recovery/Wellness Domain – 10 hours
Applicants are allowed 12 in-service training hours as part of the 46 hours of training. In-service training must be provided within an agency by an agency employee. Training provided within an agency by an outside consultant or professional is not considered as in-service and is measured by the same standards as other general training hours. In-service training must be domain relevant.
Applicants are only eligible to take a total of 5 hours of online/webinar (non-interactive) training.
All Applicants are required to complete a minimum of one CORE training.
All trainings for initial certification must be completed within the last 10 years.
Service Hour Requirements
- The Applicant must complete 500 service hours of documented supervised paid or volunteer peer recovery support experiences in a clinical or community setting, (inpatient, outpatient, institutions, residential, community or outreach) within the last two (2) years. The application must submit a service letter on letterhead from the Organization where the service hours were completed to include: full/part-time, date of hire, position and identify the 500 hours have been successfully completed. This notification must be signed by both Applicant and the Supervision/HR staff who issued the document.
- The Applicant experiences may be accumulated at multiple service organizations.
- The Applicant must have 25 total hours of documented supervision by a RPS (see Supervision Requirement), conducted where the peer recovery support services are being provided.
- The Peer is required to receive supervision at least twice per month.
- The supervision hours must be specific to the following categories:
- Advocacy 5 hours
- Ethical Responsibility 5 hours
- Mentoring/Education 5 hours
- Recovery/Wellness 5 hours
- General Supervision including Self Care 5 hours
- In order to become a Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS), the individual must meet one of the following criteria and provide supporting documentation from their current employer:
- One must have one (1) year experience supervising Peer Recovery Specialist in the behavioral health, recovery and/or crisis support field, or;
- One must be a MABPCB Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) for one year, AND have documentation of a Lead Peer role or direct supervision of Peer Recovery Specialists for six (6) months within your organization AND reflective in your current organization’s job description AND a letter of support from your current supervisor or;
- Administrative/Clinical must have six (6) months in a supervisory position in the behavioral health field
The individual seeking RPS must complete the 6-hour Peer Supervision training approved by MABPCB.
The individual must complete the RPS application and submit all subsequent documentation for approval and authorization.
The individual must submit $50 to MABPCB upon completion of the 6-hour training session.
The RPS is required to complete the 6-hour Supervisor Refresher course every 2 years in order to maintain the RPS status at a cost of $50 per renewal period.
It is suggested that individual or group Peer supervision be provided bi-weekly
To be certified in Maryland, one must live or work in Maryland 51% of the time.
To maintain the high standards of this certification and to assure continuing awareness of new knowledge in the field, MABPCB requires recertification every two years.
To be recertified as a CPRS, an individual must:
Hold a current and valid CPRS certificate issued by MABPCB.
Acquire 20 hours of MABPCB approved peer recovery specialist specific education. Of the require hours, the CPRS must complete a minimum 6-hour Ethical Consideration course within the two-year recertification cycle and provide documentation of the required CEU's. (Ethical hours over multiple trainings will not be accepted).
Verify that you have reviewed, read and will uphold by practice the MABPCB Principles and Guidelines for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.
Complete the Re-Certification application & pay the associated fee.
- Registered Peer Supervisor course cannot be used for CPRS renewal.