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Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program

Tennessee’s Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program provides State certification for individuals who provide direct peer-to-peer support services to others who have mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.

The CPRS Handbook defines the role and the responsibilities of the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in Tennessee. It has all the details on how to become certified as well as all of the information you need to understand the program and its policies.

A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is a person who has lived experience of a mental illness, substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder, who has made the journey from illness to wellness, and who now wishes to help others with their journey. Certified Peer Recovery Specialists can draw from their own journey of recovery to inspire hope and provide support to others who are facing similar situations. When two peers work on recovery together, they can progress further than if they go it alone.

The first step toward becoming a CPRS is to complete the required training. After the Part One application is approved, applicants can be enrolled in the 40 hour, week-long training, which is held in various cities throughout Tennessee. Topics covered in the training include recovery, communication, values, ethics, motivation, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed care and wellness, among others.

After the training, there are a few more steps to complete before you become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Complete Part Two of the application and you are on your way to becoming certified. If you have questions, the CPRS Handbook is a great resource.

To renew your certification you must provide at least 25 hours of direct peer to peer recovery services each year and complete ten hours of continuing education trainings. One hour of continuing education must be in ethics.

The CPRS Conference brings together current Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, peers who want to become CPRS’s and also behavioral health providers for a day of workshops, awards, and networking.