Approved Peer Training

The following organizations have been approved as providers of the initial 46 hours of training required for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal (CPRSR) credentials offered by the Minnesota Certification Board. Each organization’s curriculum has been vetted to ensure alignment with the IC&RC peer recovery domain and relevant policies to ensure you receive a quality training experience.  The approved providers are listed in alphabetical order by the organization’s name.

To inquire about the process for approval of a new curriculum, please email us at  

Amethyst Recovery Solutions

Name of Curriculum: Amethyst Recovery Academy

Contact: Alex Doying


Phone: (651) 491-9786

Location: MN


Bold North Recovery and Consulting

Name of Curriculum: Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations

Contact: Randy Anderson


Phone: (763) 200-1180



Damascus Way

Name of Curriculum: School of Peer Recovery – Trauma-Informed Perspectives Authored by Intrinsic LLC 

Contact: Jacob Lusk


Phone: 651-356-8857


* The Damascus Way Peer Recovery Specialist Training Program serves male reentry and recovey, and the BIPOC community.

Doc’s Recovery House

Name of Curriculum:  Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations

Contact: Derek Krueger


Phone: (507) 216-3353


Everythirdsaturday (ETS Veterans Organization)

Name of Curriculum: Warrior’s Return Empowerment Training

Contact: Jon Engfer – Program Director


Phone: (952) 356 – 5116


*Please note that this training is specifically for United States Military Veterans.

Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College

Name of Curriculum:  CDEP 1001 – Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Contact: Donald Jarvinen


Phone: 218-879-0836


Special Notes: The training is offered as a 3 credit course. It is eligible for financial aid through the college and through JET. It is offered Friday 12 -4pm and Saturday 9 -1pm for 6 weeks Fall and Spring semesters. The eligibility requirements for this training are a high school degree or equivalent and be in recovery with a minimum of one year of being drug free.

MN Prevention & Recovery Alliance

Name of Curriculum: CCAR Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations

Contact: Tracee Anderson


Location: 1619 Portland Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404


Minnesota Recovery Connection

Name of Curriculum: Recovery Coach Academy

Contacts: Wendy Jones

                  Caddy Frink


Phone: (612) 584 – 4158 ext. 116

Location: 800 Transfer Rd., Suite #31, Saint Paul, MN 55114


Pathways to True Freedom Foundation Inc.

Name of Curriculum: Re- Enty Peer Support Specialist 

Contact: Devord J. Allen


Phone: (612) 355-6494

Location: 7040 71st Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN 55428


*Re-entry Peer Support SPecialist is designed for those who are interested in obtaining training and certification to do re-entry advocacy for society’s returning citizens.

Refocus Recovery

Name of Curriculum: Connecting Positive Recovery to Peer Support 

Contact: Tim Balow, SUD Program Generalist


Phone: 312-388-3233 (cell)


* The Refocus Recovery Peer Recovery Specialist Training Program can be tailored to serve populations of many ethnicities and cultures. 

Resources Justice & Management

Name of Curriculum: Peer Recovery Specialist 

Contact: Gwendolyn Barber


Phone: 612-407-0776

Location: 501 Dale St. N. St. Paul, MN 55104


Rise Up Recovery

Name of Curriculum: Recovery Coach Academy and Ethical Considerations (CCAR)

Contact: Tiffany Neuharth and Misty Broady

Email: or

Phone: (651) 319-0122





Twin Cities Recovery Project, Inc.

Name of Curriculum: Peer – to – Peer Development Academy

Contact: Christopher Burks, Program Director

Phone: (612) 442-3001

Location: 3400 E. Lake St., Minneapolis, MN 55406


Notes: Culturally specific – African American (everyone is welcome).


Name of Curriculum: Peer Recovery Specialist Academy

Contact: Brandy Brink


Phone: 507-779-7091

Location: 314 Chestnut St., Mankato, MN 56001


Pathfinder Solutions PBC

Name of Curriculum: Native American Peer Recovery Services

Contact: Colin Cash


Location: 730 1/2 N 1ST ST, # 537, Minneapolis 55401