Peer Recovery

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 motivator.

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS)

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

Requirements:

  • 46 hours of training
  • Passing score on IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam
  • Must live or work in Minnesota at least 51% of the time

Fees:

  • First-time certification: $150 (includes processing fee, exam, and one year of certification)
  • Annual renewal fee (one year): $75
  • Biennial renewal fee (two years): $150
  • Retest fee: $125

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal (CPRSR)

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

Requirements:

  • 500 hours work experience
  • 46 hours of training
  • 25 hours of supervision
  • Passing score on IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam
  • Must live or work in Minnesota at least 51% of the time

Fees:

  • First-time certification (included processing fee, exam, and one year of certification): $150
  • Annual renewal fee (one year): $75
  • Biennial renewal fee (two years): $150
  • Retest fee: $125

Upgrade from CPRS to CPRSR

If you possess a good standing CPRS credential and have achieved the additional requirements necessary for the CPRSR, you may complete an upgrade form to immediately upgrade your credential.

Requirements:

  • CPRS credential in good standing
  • 500 hours of work experience
  • 25 hours of supervision

Fee:

  • $30

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Approved Supervisor

This approval is intended for individuals who do not possess a CPRSR that wish to provide supervision to individuals with the CPRS credential. 

Requirements:

  • Certified or licensed professional in behavioral health field (CPRSR, ADCR-MN, LADC, LPCC, etc.)
  • 500 hours of work experience
  • 46 hours of education
  • Must live or work in Minnesota at least 51% of the time

Fee:

  • $30 (2 years of approval)
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