New Education Requirements for Initial CPRS and CPRSR Certification

Effective January 1, 2021, education requirements for initial certification for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal must meet the following additional requirements:

  • Education must be completed through an approved provider or the training event must be pre-approved to determine it is in alignment with the IC&RC peer recovery domain requirements.
  • Education must be delivered fully in a synchronous format. 
  • Education must include information of the principals and the characteristics of substance use and opioid use disorder, evidence-based approaches to their treatment, and understanding of Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) and the potential for rejection of MAT as part of treatment by some cultural communities.

Current approved providers of the peer recovery curriculum include Minnesota Recovery Connection, Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge, Twin Cities Recovery Project, and Recovery is Happening. This policy replaces any previous policies found in current or outdated applications.  All application packets are being updated to reflect this information.  For questions, please contact