Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS)
The purpose of this enhanced Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) training was to introduce paraprofessionals to a recovery-oriented and multicultural perspective on behavioral health care and to concurrently increase competency in the field of peer-to-peer recovery support, thus enhancing students’ marketability. This enhanced training provided a new track for individuals interested in gaining the advocacy, mentoring and recovery support skills to work effectively with individuals and families at risk of mental illness, substance abuse or suicide. Participants were trained to advocate on behalf of the client and serve in the role of a peer mentor in a variety of community-based settings.
This training meets the educational requirements for the Florida Certification Board’s credential as a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist. In addition to the educational component this certification requires 1) a total of 500 hours of experience providing peer support services and 2) a passing score on the certification exam.