Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS) Application

Effective July 1, 2017, all Peer Supervisors are required to meet the new MABPCB Guidelines to become a Registered Peer Supervisor. Please review the new guidelines carefully before submitting your application RPS 2017 Revised Application

New CPRS Study Guide

This free guide comes from Rhode Island and is endorsed by the IC&RC for exam prep. Please click on the following link to download it:


NEW – Peer Supervision Hours Log

PRS Supervisor Form


If you want to learn how to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) please review the Manual Application for more information. Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Manual Application Rev Jan 2016

CPRS Candidate Guide 4-17

CPRS RENEWAL The wait is over…the Re-Certification application has been completed. Please complete and submit as required. MABPCB Peer Re-Certification Application

MABPCB APPROVED TRAINING PROVIDER If your organization desires to provide ongoing training, please complete the following application to become a MABPCB approved training provider. Educational Provider Application

CPRS & Approved Peer Supervisor

CPRS CERTIFICATION ROSTER -1-2019 Updated 1/8/19




2019 Maryland Peer Training Schedule – UPDATED 1/7/2019

2018 Maryland Peer Training Schedule  UPDATED 11/9/2018

Behavioral Health Administration and the University of Maryland Training Center is pleased to bring CCAR-Ethical Considerations for  Recovery Coaches to you. Register- https://ccarethics-howardcounty.eventbrite.com  January 7 &8, 2019  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., class will promptly begin at 8:00 a.m. everyday.  Howard County Health Department, Conference Room, 8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045. This two day training is geared towards those who have already completed the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.

MABPCB is hosting several training’s in the coming months at Helping Up Mission located at 1029 E. Baltimore St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Mentoring/Education training on January 29, 2018 Mentoring Training 1-2019

Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS) training on January 31, 2019 located at the Carroll County Health Department MABPCB Carroll County RPS Jan 2019

Behavioral Health Administration and the University of Maryland Training Center is pleased to bring Motivational Interviewing for Peer Recovery Specialists. Register- https://mi-annearundel.eventbrite.com January 16, 17, 18, 2019  You must attend all 3 days.  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Registration will start at 8:00 a.m.  The training will promptly start at 8:30 a. m.  Anne Arundel Health Department, 3 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401

Tree of Hope is offering the CCAR Spirituality Training, Jan 19-20, 2019       13321 New Hampshire Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20904  Tree of Life CCAR Spirituality Registration

Behavioral Health Administration and the University of Maryland Training Center is pleased to bring CCAR-Emergency Department to you.             Registration- https://ccar-edhowardcounty.eventbrite.com  January 28 & 29, 2019 Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., class will promptly begin at 8:30 a.m. everyday.    Howard County Health Department, Conference Room, 8930 Stanford Blvd. Columbia, MD 21045.  This CCAR training is for Recovery Coaches who are working currently in an Emergency Department setting or would like to be. This two day training is geared towards those who have already completed the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy.

Please see the registration link for the CCAR-RCA training in Cecil County.  Please contact Amy Baumgardner for more information, (443-245-3777).    RCA Training Cecil County

Carroll Community College is offering a series of Mental Health First Aid training’s from May – January, 2019 2018-2019 May-Jan MHFA Brochure. To register contact Carroll Community College, Instant Enrollment http://www.carrollcc.edu/instantenrollment or call 410-386-8100

SAMHSA Webinar – Peer support services are evidence-based practices that produce demonstrable outcomes with those who are served. Peer support workers use their lived experience and specialized training to guide, support, and educate people in or seeking recovery. While peer support services have expanded greatly, there still are significant knowledge gaps among policy makers, providers and others regarding their efficacy. REGISTER HEREIf you are in need of additional Domain training hours.

Magellen Health offers 1 hour Peer trainings that are approved MABPCB. Copy and paste the link and follow the instructions. http://www.magellanhealth.com/training-site/learning-opportunities.aspx

Additional Peer Trainings can be found on the BHA – Office of Workforce Development website. Here is the link: http://bha.dhmh.maryland.gov/Pages/Peer-Training-Information.aspx



Approved CPRS Trainings 2019 –UPDATED 1/2/2019

NAMI Pre-Approved Training for CPRS Domains

The following two links will take you to pre-approved training for the CPRS credential. Other training may be found on the Training page.

Magellan Health offers several MABPCB approved trainings. Please click on the following website for additional 1 hour trainings. Magellan Health | Continuing Education


University of Maryland’s Baltimore-based ACT Team is hiring a peer advocate.  If you or someone you know are interested in a peer support position, this is a great opportunity!

You’ll work with a great team of diverse mental health providers including nurses, employment specialists, social workers and psychiatrists assisting clients with their needs in the community as well as in the office. Applicant needs a high school degree and self-identify as having lived experience with mental health or addiction challenges. Responsibilities include carrying a small caseload, being part of “mini-teams” for clients outside of that caseload, working with clients around WRAP plans and recovery goals.

The job description is attached and is also accessible online here: https://www.wayup.com/i-Education-j-University-of-Maryland-451878115448528/ .

If you are interested in applying, you can do so at this link.  If you have questions that are not answered in the job description, you may contact Ann Hackman at the UMD Department of Psychiatry at ahackman@som.umaryland.edu

Peer Recovery Specialist I, Certified

Pathways provides housing first services and mental health support to individuals suffering from homelessness and mental illness in Washington DC and Montgomery County MD.
We are looking for a full time Peer Support Specialist for our Pathways Home program in Silver Spring MD. Pathways Homeis a SAMHSA funded project with the goal of ending chronic homelessness for adults living with substance use and/or co-occurring disorders (SUD/COD) in Montgomery County, Maryland. The Pathways Home team is a Housing First Integrated Behavioral Health Team (HF-IBHT) designed to serve the unique needs of this population. Our team, led by a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, includes a clinical case manager, an addiction counselor, with support from a Registered Nurse.
Our ideal candidate would be an individual who has a personal life experience with homelessness and/or mental illness. Instruction or certification as a Peer would be helpful. In order to best serve our population, we would prefer a candidate who is bilingual in English and Spanish. 
Responses can be sent to our HR mailbox at hr@pathwaysdc.org.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Pascal Peterson, our Pathways Home Program Director at (240) 431-1316 or via email at ppeterson@pathwaysdc.org.– 

Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Overview

Genesis HealthCare Caton Manor Center in Baltimore, MD is looking for Certified Peer Recovery Specialist for a part-time contractual position for our new Post-Acute Care Program for Patients in Recovery. The program is designed to provide evidence-based services that will offer patients suffering from substance use disorder not only traditional skilled nursing/rehabilitation services provided in the skilled nursing facility, but also services to support a life in recovery.

The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist at Caton Manor Center will be responsible for providing recovery support services to patients with substance use disorders in order to help motivate patients to establish and maintain a lifestyle of recovery. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist will use their personal experiences to develop trusting relationships with patients with substance use disorder and act as a mentor and advocate. They will help develop a sense of community within the center that is supportive and conducive to recovery. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist will help with identifying recovery related resources in the patient’s community as they transition from Caton Manor back into the community. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist will also be responsible for the following:

  • Conducting peer counseling sessions with identified patients in the Post-Acute Care Program for Patients in Recovery.
  • Planning and developing recovery groups, services, or activities.
  • Gathering information on local recovery resources,
  • Working as part of a collaborative team to ensure patient receives appropriate recovery interventions.

If interested please contact Todd Belfus, Wellness Program Director at todd.belfus@genesishcc.com or 410-525-1544 x2047.


MABPCB Ethics Policy & Procedure for CPRS
MABPCB Information Sheet


Integrated Forensic Peer Recovery Specialist (i-FPRS) 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. You must currently hold a CPRS certification to participate in this endorsement training. There are no CEU’s given for his endorsement training.

In order to obtain Re-Certification check out the Domain Trainings locations listed below: Re-Certification Domain Trainings

110 Responses to CPRS

  1. David says:

    I would like to attend your classes to become a cprs so I’d I could get some information about the application and class would be greatly appreciated

  2. Melissa Robinson says:

    Its my passion to become a peer support. I would like information on what are the steps on getting started or is there somewhere I can go to speak with someone.

  3. Jasmine Baker says:

    Hello good evening I’m interested in taking the certified peer recovery support specialist training in Baltimore City I wanted to know when is the next training and how do I apply

  4. Kristine R Newsome says:

    Im a little confused about the process I am going to the training academy in November.
    What is the next step after that to obtain my certification?

  5. Francesca Daniele says:

    Can a person in recovery for many years with a criminal background become a peer recovery specialist

  6. tblackman512 says:

    Can some please provide information on where to pay for mental health first aid training? I see it on the schedule, location and cost. Do you pay day of training or prior to training? Thank you.

  7. MABPCB says:

    Please provide at least 30 days for your application to be processed.

  8. Andrea Landry-Brown says:


    I sent my application on October 16th. I was wondering if you have received it and when is the next date for testing. Thank you

  9. Ed says:

    I see the first step to working in peer support is 500 hours of working in the field. Any idea where to call about volunteering to get started.

    • MABPCB says:

      It is required that all Peers must be supervised by a Registered Peer Supervisor (RPS). Please review the RPS Supervisors log to identify agencies in your jurisdiction that have a RPS on staff and contact those facilities for opportunities to Volunteer.

  10. Irlene Thomas says:

    I am interested in becoming a recovery coach . Could you please guide me in the right direction so far as what I need to do or when and where are trainings held . Thank you.

  11. Rodney says:

    Is there a list for upcoming CORE Trainings? Where, When, Cost?

  12. Andrea Landry-Brown says:


    I’m filling out my application for the next testing date. Do I need to be employed before I send it out? The first page looks like an employer should be filling it out as it asks for a supervisors signature.

  13. Andrea Landry-Brown says:

    I have my certification as a WRAP Facilitator but is has expired. Does it still count as an approved training towards the CPRS?
    Andrea Landry-Brown

    • MABPCB says:

      Any training certification that are expired cannot be used for CPRS Certification. All existing certifications used must be valid at the time they will be submitted to the Board.

      • Andrea Landry-Brown says:

        I’m a little confused as I got an email from Ms. Camp that said the CEU’s for WRAP Facilitator is 10 years, I got my certificate in 2011. You are saying I cannot use this certificate towards the CPRS application.
        Also, what forms of payment do you accept for the application process?

  14. Angel Jackson says:

    I am interested in the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Training coming in May 2017 can someone please contact me via email at angeljackson105@gmail.com or via phone 443-500-5279. I would be greatly appreciative!

    • MABPCB says:

      Your information has been forwarded to Behavioral Health Administration to be added to the master Peer listserv to be notified of all upcoming Peer trainings.

  15. Korey Shorb says:

    I am trying to email admin@mapcb.com but it keeps getting kicked back. I need to see what I am missing to apply for my CPRS. I just want to make sure we are on the same page?

  16. Shaun says:

    Does the upcoming “Recovery LIVE! Communicating the Value of Peer Supports” webinar provide any CEU’s for the recertification hours.

  17. Karen haber-Miller says:

    Can you tell me if there is a study guide I can get for the CPRS test please?

  18. Christine Marshall says:

    I have the CCAR and WRAP trainings and an AA degree in Chemical Dependency Counseling. I just need to know what other trainings I need before I can take the peer certification test.

    • MABPCB says:

      Ms. Marshall, you need a total of 46 Domain training hours. Please review the CPRS Application Manual to learn the breakdown of hours based on the trainings you have taken thus far.

  19. Shaun says:

    I am a current CPRS. I was credentialed May 2015. I have been trying to get into an ethics recertification training for some time now( coming up on a year). It is what I need to finish my 20 hours of training for recertification. When will my current CPRS certification expire? Will there be more trainings offered this spring for recertification?
    Thank You for your time.

    • MABPCB says:

      Greetings the Baltimore Recovery Corps at Penn North offers the CCAR 12 hour Ethics course.

      • Shaun says:

        I see the course you mention but it wouldn’t be in time for my credential expiration. Are there any other courses available. I need 6 hours in ethics.

      • Shaun says:

        I was able to do some e trainings on the Magellan Site. My question is what domain each falls under. “Peer Spec 101: Research, Core Competencies and Ethics”; “The 5 Stages in Recovery and the Role of Peer Specialists”; “Using your Recovery Story”; “Effective Supervision of Peer Specialists”. Just wondered. I need ethics. Thank You

      • MABPCB says:

        Please review the Approved Peer trainings page of the Peer application to identify which Magellan training falls into each Domain.

  20. AMichele says:

    Good afternoon,
    I tried to email using the address above but it was returned to me. I am interested in becoming a CPRS. I have a background in addictions counseling and a degree in behavioral science. Could any of my courses be accepted in the domains and how do i find that out? These are the classes that may be accepted and are related to the field:

    Intro to Family Counseling
    Group Dynamics
    Social Problems
    Intro Criminal Justice
    Addiction Treatment Delivery
    Physiological Aspects of Chemical Dependency
    Alcoh/Drug Counseling:Co-occuring Disorders
    Human Services Ethics in Practice
    Intro to Abnormal Psychology & Psychology

    I also have done the mental health first aid certification, but it was 3 years go with company I used to work for in the addictions field. Would that be accepted or is there an expiration date? Do you have dates for any of the upcoming week long trainings? Thank you!

    • MABPCB says:

      Greetings, because the Peer Recovery Specialist is a non-clinical service, the classes you have listed are all clinical based courses and are not eligible for CPRS. However, all of these classes can be used for an Addiction Counseling Certification.

  21. Jennifer McCready says:

    I have completed several trainings that are relateable to becoming a certified peer support specialist. How or whom should I submit them to in order to see if they can be approved.

    • MABPCB says:

      Ms. McCready, you would be required to submit the training curriculum/outline to the Board with a payment of $5, per training hour in order to review each training to determine if they qualify for approval.

    • MABPCB says:

      If the trainings you have listed have not been approved by MABPCB, you may submit them for review and approval at cost.

  22. Allen D Sweatt says:

    Is it possible to have my expiration date changed on the MAPCB website, I have paid my money, received my re-certification and have been told by a potential employer that I am not certified. Can this be rectified?

  23. Shaun Barnes says:

    Is it possible for someone to attend a recertification training to satisfy the requirement of the 16 hours of ethics, required for the initial application of CPRS.

    • Denise Camp says:

      No, recertification courses are for those who are already certified. Recertification courses do not count toward the initial 46 hour CEU requirement.

    • MABPCB says:

      Unfortunately, the recertification training are for individuals who have already been approved for CPRS status.

      • Michele Brown says:

        I sent an email before but no response. I get a response saying you email address is invalad. My question is I had taken a harm reduction training at the BOSTON given by the harm reduction coalition. On the certificate it says I have 6 CEUs. Our hosts at the BHS said that the hours are good to satisfy the hours required by the certification board for Peers. Can you tell me under what domain it would go under. I assume it would be advocacy but I just want to be sure.

      • MABPCB says:

        Ms. Brown, those hours have been approved for Advocacy.

      • Michele Brown says:

        That is The BHS not Boston.

  24. Shaun Barnes says:

    When will the next 6 hour Supervisor training be held. Just wondering as I have been looking for a while. Thanks!!

    • Nate Thomas says:

      I’ve been looking for the Supervisor training as well. I was told to check this website daily.

      • MABPCB says:

        There are new regulations for the Supervisor trainings, which will be in effect July, 2017. The next trainings will be scheduled in the coming months.

  25. Randall Winebrenner says:

    What category does 1.5 CE Clock Hours Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Children & Adolescents, offered by Magellan, count towards. I need 1.5 hours in Advocacy.

    • MABPCB says:

      Randall, this training is not approved as a Certified Peer training. You could participate in the CPRS Exam Prep class which provides you with one (1) hour in each of the four Domains and the 1 hour “Peer Support E-Course 3: Using Your Recovery Story” from Magellan Health. These two training’s will provide you the required 1.5 hours you are seeking.

  26. Karen says:

    What trainings do I need for the supervisor role as a CPRS.What are the names Of trainings

    • MABPCB says:

      Ms. Haber,

      Thank you for your inquiry! The required training is 6-hrs. of “Peer Supervisor Training”, thanks you!

    • MABPCB says:

      Karen, you are required to first obtain your CPRS status. Next you have to be supervising Peers at your agency for a period of at least 1 year and work under a Registered Peer Supervisor at your agency. This will qualify you to take the 6 hour Supervisor course.

  27. Michele Brown says:

    Good morning I was looking for the number of hours needed in each domain for recertification but can’t seem to find it could you help.

  28. Nicole (Nikki) Smith says:

    Hello, I have a question specific to pages 17, 18 and 19 of the MABCPB application for CPRS (Jan 2016 version).

    **The 1st set of instructions on page 17 read as follows:
    “Please list the name, address and phone number of the sponsor, counselor, spiritual advisor/mentor or accountability partner to whom you have given evaluation forms. Both evaluation forms should be completed.”

    **The 2nd set of instructions on page 17 read as follows:
    “Please list the names of two professional references to who you have given evaluation forms. These should be people, other than sponsors, friends in recovery or family members, who know you professionally and can attest to your support skills.”

    In reading these two sets of instructions, that apply to pages 18 & 19, my understanding of these instructions is I am to give BOTH pages (18 & 19) to a sponsor, counselor, spiritual advisor/mentor or accountability partner while only give page 19 to my two professional references. Is this the correct procedure for pages 18 & 19, or am I to give BOTH pages to all three of my references? Thank you in advance for your time.
    Nicole (Nikki) Smith

    • MABPCB says:

      Hello Ms. Smith,

      Thanks for your inquiry! Please be advised that both evaluation forms are required from all evaluators, thank you!

      • Nicole (Nikki) Smith says:

        Thank you very much for your quick response! This will save me time and effort as I proceed with my application process. Sincerely, Nikki Smith

  29. Kevin L. Harrison says:

    Since the Ethics training has been cancelled twice now, can you suggest an alternative way prospective Peers can obtain these CEU’s? The upcoming training by BHA has already sold out.

  30. Kevin L. Harrison says:

    I would like to ask if the CEU’s for the Co-occurring Disorders Training are applicable for a person seeking to acquire CPRS?

  31. Shaun Barnes says:

    I am a current holder of the CPRS certification. I am trying to find upcoming recertification trainings. Will there be any available in the near future?

    • MABPCB says:

      Please continue to review the CPRS page under the subheading – UPCOMING TRAININGS for re-certification training class. Also keep in mind that any Peer training approved by MABPCB that you have not engaged in previously can be utilized for re-certification.

  32. Hope Johnson says:

    Hello my name is Hope Johnson. I would like to register for the 1st Aid and Mental Health class held on May 5, 2016 please contact me at 240-815-2144

  33. kyndl1969 says:

    Good evening, what is the deadline for submitting the CPRS recertification application?

  34. Miriam Yarmolinsky says:

    Katie, SMART Recovery (Self Management and Recovery Training) is an excellent support group, and the facilitation training is spot on! Hope you reference it in your application! 🙂 For anyone curious about smart, see http://www.smartecovery.org Lots of great resources there!

  35. Paddy Carrick says:

    Please register me for the Re-certification training in Ethics to be held in Hagerstown, Md on 4-1-16. Thanks, Paddy Carrick

  36. Katie Carroll says:

    Smart recovery facilitator training is no longer listed as an approved training when did that change? I started the training mid January and I do not see it listed now?

    • MABPCB says:

      Katie, the SMART training was removed from the grid because no one has ever referenced it in the CPRS application. It was never a core training. Someone that has taken it can still get educational credit for it.

  37. Norman says:

    How do I apply to the CPRS peer support program?

  38. Can you let us know where Certified Peer Recovery Specialists can find information and requirements for CEU’s and recertification in 2016? Thanks!

  39. Pat says:

    Can you identify who is offering the six hours for supervisors and clarify if supervisor must also be Certified peer specialist?

    • MABPCB says:

      Greetings Pat, the next Peer Supervisor training will be offered by the University of Maryland, on February 22, 2016. The Supervisors does not have to be a CPRS, however, must hold an Approved Supervisors certification/licensure if not a Peer. A Peer who is seeking a CPRS certification can be referred by an Approved Supervisor to participate in the Supervisor training.

  40. Christine Haden says:

    Hi ! I am interested in becoming Certified in the state of Maryland. I have completed the Recovery Coach Academy. I would to know exactly what other course are available. Thank you for your time.

    Christine Haden 240-793-1085

    • MABPCB says:

      Christine, please review the website for additional upcoming trainings. In order to qualify for a CPRS certification, 46 hours of training are required. Please review the MABPCB Approved Peer trainings for the number of hours needed in each domain.

  41. Kendall Pryor says:

    I’m diligently trying to register for the upcoming trainings for CPRS and can’t find the appropriate link. Can you please provide me with this information? Thank you!

  42. can someone get back to me is there a training In Baltimore City Per cover specialist so that I can get a certificate and do you guys know any time

  43. is there a phone number to register for classto get a certificate Per specialist is the Traaing offered in the city

    • MAPCB says:


      CPRS-related trainings are offered by various organizations year round. If you go to the CPRS page you can look at the pre-approved trainings offered. Also, new trainings will be posted on the home page) as they arrive. The upcoming Ethics and Supervision courses (Nov 7 & 14 respectively) are also for peer support specialists. Peer support specialists who have open applications with MABPCB will pay the student rate of $60 for each of these two courses. One of the better ways to be immediately notified of updates is to Like us on Facebook (see link on bottom right of home page).

  44. Heather Coates says:

    Who should I speak to about seeing if a specific training will count toward re-certification?

  45. Vickie Isedore says:

    The college transcript may be sent in lieu of the high school transcript.

  46. Is it possible to submit a college transcript in place of a High School Transcript if you are having difficulty obtaining that before the deadline? Any info appreciated. Thanks.

  47. shirazeh tabibi says:

    i meant a letter letter. I’m also sending my notarized release and $50 grandfathering payment,

  48. shirazeh tabibi says:

    i want to write a note concerning a few things to MAPCB- to whom shall I address it?

  49. Tiffinee Scott says:

    Good Day,
    How long does an application process take after submission?
    Thank You Tiffinee

  50. NAMI’s pre-approved trainings is curiously missing NAMI Connection support group facilitation as one of the CPRS domains. Think I’ll write Kate Farinholt as to that omission. Also odd that Hearts and Minds has no wellness/recovery support component… shouldn’t it?


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