The following states now have the IC&RC reciprocal Peer Recovery credential:
Maryland, West Virginia, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia, Illinois, Oregon, Arkansas, Indiana, and New Jersey. Canada has also adopted it. That’s 10 states and one nation! Two years ago only one state had it and last year only four.
One of the things that makes this increase significant is that two of the state credentials that Maryland’s credential was modeled on, Georgia and Illinois, have now adopted the international model. We expect the number of states with this new credential to double by this time next year.
The following is a link to a list of 2 and 4 year colleges in Maryland which offer degrees in addiction counseling. Please contact each school if you are interested to see what they offer. MAPCB is not responsible for outdated information, but if you do find that a school no longer offers a program, just make us aware in the comment section below. Here’s the link: http://graduate-school.phds.org/education-index/addiction-counseling-schools-in-maryland
MAPCB has openings at this time for long time peer support specialists or recovery coaches who can assist the Board in reviewing applications for the new Peer Recovery Specialist credential. We are especially looking for applicants who have completed the training requirements for the CPRS and are able to train others. If you are interested in becoming associated in this valuable work, please fill out a Board Member application (found on this site’s About page) mail it to the Board’s address.
Danya Institute’s Ethical Responsibility registration is now open. If you need this course to grandfather in to the CPRS, now is the time to register. See the link on the previous post to go to Danya’s Calendar of Events. Click on the class you want.
As we enter the grandfathering period of the Peer Recovery Specialist credential, many are scrambling to get those last few training hours in so they can send in their application. MAPCB wants to know what you need. Danya Institute has upcoming courses and many agencies and centers are planning in-service trainings to help out. Please take the poll to let us know which trainings you’ve missed or cannot get. You may choose more than one.
As a plus to those needing to fill the 16 hours for Ethical Responsibility and have taken the 6 hour peer supervision training, MAPCB has determined that the peer supervision course content meets the criteria for some of the Ethical Responsibility job tasks, therefore the peer supervision training will be accepted as an addition to peer ethics course work.
An Approved Peer Supervisor list was published on this site recently as a courtesy to the peer specialist community so they could identify qualified supervisors in their area. Shortly after that an application for Registered Peer Supervisor was sent to every supervisor on that list. There has been a variety of responses since then.
Every certification board that has supervisors maintains a register of supervisors, including contact and identification information. In return that board provides an identifying number and a certificate with accompanying letter. Registration helps safeguard the integrity of the supervisor in case of a complaint. It also safeguards the supervisee.
It is the legal responsibility of MAPCB to have records of every worker they endorse. Publishing a list of approved supervisors implies endorsement. Therefore, MAPCB must request registration. It is hoped that every supervisor on the list registers with the board. Without specific information the Board cannot verify your status.
NAMI of Maryland has just issued an important message about health care enrollment in Maryland. Please click on this link to see their flyer. If you do not have insurance you cannot receive services. Here’s the link: http://tinyurl.com/laxor6k
The MAPCB Approved Peer Supervisors list is now posted on the CPRS page on this website. It will be amended as other peer supervision trainings are completed. If you are a peer recovery specialist seeking certification, please use this list to find a supervisor who is authorized to sign off on your documentation. Documentation signed by anyone not on this list will not be accepted. If you have a supervisor who has not taken a six hour training but is planning to, please ask them to continue to document their supervision of you so that they can sign off once they are approved.