Yes, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene endorses IC&RC certification as state-wide certification
No, self-identification of behavioral health disorder can include mental health and/or substance use disorder.
Must provide proof of a High School Diploma or a GED (send directly to Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board)
*May provide college transcripts in lieu of High School Diploma or GED
At least 18 years of age
Must be a resident in the State of Maryland at least 51% of the time
Must self-identify as a person in long-term recovery from the effects of a behavioral health disorder (mental health and/or substance use disorder) for a period of two years or more
No professional requirements needed to apply for training program / no specific training program to apply as many different training vendors and trainings are offered and accepted to count toward required 46 hours.
Complete 46 total hours of documented behavioral health Peer specific education provided by an MABPCB approved organizational provider within the following 4 domains:
1) Advocacy Domain - 10 hours
2) Ethical Responsibility Domain - 16 hours
3) Mentoring/Education Domain - 10 hours
4) Recovery/Wellness Domain - 10 hours
- Applicants are allowed 12 in-service training hours as part of the 46 hours (must be provided within an agency by an agency employee / in-service training must be domain relevant)
- All applicants are required to complete a minimum of one CORE training
- All training for initial certification must be completed within the last 10 years
Depends on training entity - Individual or organization of employment and local state grants.
Must complete 500 service hours of documented supervised paid or volunteer peer recovery support experiences in a clinical or community setting, (inpatient, outpatient, institution, residential, community or outreach) within the last 2 years.
- Experiences may be accumulated at multiple service organizations
- 25 of the 500 hours must be documented supervision by a Registered Peer Supervisor
- Must received supervision at least twice per month during 500 service hours
- Supervision hours must be specific to the following categories (5 hours of each): Advocacy, Ethical Responsibility, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness, General Supervision including Self Care
Documents required for submission with completed application: Copies of all training certifications (amounting to 46 hours), documentation of 500 employment/volunteer hours (on organizational letterhead), personal recovery statement, principles and guidelines, release from NOTARIZED by a Notary Public, Recovery Reference Record, application fee, proof of diploma or GED, Reference Evaluation forms (3) - 1 from sponsor or former counselor and 2 from professions (professor, instructor, former supervisor), and supervision form signed by Registered Peer Supervisor.
A background check is not required to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS), but an employer may request a background check as part of the hiring process.
Certification lasts two years, an individual is required to apply for recertification prior to the expiration date of original certification. An individual does not need to retake the exam if they complete recertification prior to expiration or within a year of expiration. Recertification is no longer an option 12 months past the expiration date and an individual must then go though the initial certification process which includes retaking the exam.
Yes, Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board
10807 Falls Rd., #1376,
Brooklandville, MD 21022
List of approved trainings and Organizational Providers Listing:
Individuals must acquire 20 hours of MEBPCB approved peer recovery specialist specific education over the two year certification period (from same list of trainings available to initial certification process). Of these 20 hours, 6 hours minimum must be an Ethical Consideration course.
Continuing Education Requirements are required for recertification along with holding a current and valid CPRS certificate issued by MABPCB, verification of reviewed, read and willingness to uphold by practice the MABPCB Principles and Guidelines for Certification Peer Recovery Specialists, and completion of the re-certification application and payment of associated fee.
Yes, to become a Registered Peer Supervisor an individual must meet one of the following criteria and provide supporting documentation from their current employer:
a. At least one year of supervision to Peer Recovery Specialist; or
b. 6 months of clinical/administrative supervision in a Behavioral Health setting; or
c. Hold a CPRS certification for at least 1 year
Complete 6-hour Peer Supervision training approved by MABPCB, complete application and submit all subsequent documentation for approval and authorization, $50 fee to MABPCB.
Complete 6-hour Supervisor Refresher course every 2 years in order to maintain RPS status.
Suggested that individual or group Peer supervision be provided bi-weekly.
Forensic Peer (Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist) - endorsement training provides educational support for the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist seeking knowledge, skills, and abilities in assisting individuals who have been involved with the criminal justice system.
Family Peer (CPRS-Family) - CPRS’ and family members will be offered specialized training to provide peer support to family members.
CPRS: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
RPS: Registered Peer Supervisor
i-FPRS: Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist
CPRS-F: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist-Family
MD Community Pathways (0023.R07.00)
MD Community Supports Waiver (MD.1506.R01.00)
MD Family Supports Waiver (MD.1466.R01.00)
MD Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facilities Amendment (MD-01.R02)
Maryland Peer Advisory Council
Monica White, (443) 722-8803, Peer Committee Chair (MABPCB)
BHA Conference ($55 to attend)
NAMI MD Conference ($75 to attend)
On Our Own Conference ($80-310)
Peer Networking Conference (Free)
Peer Summit (Free)
Tuerk Conference ($85)
BHA Carroll Conquest Award & Recovery Month Carroll Conquest Award, Corliss Jones Peer Service Award, & Shining Star Peer Award.
Brandee Izquierdo, Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs at 410-402-8447
MABPCB will waive extra lapsed fee for people late to re-certifying.
Virtual training has been implemented with interactive capabilities.
Testing for Peer Certification has resumed with implementation of social distancing in accordance with State of Maryland mandates.
MABPCB is accepting electronic submission of applications.