Peer Recovery




NEW CPRS Application Manual Revised 2020

CPRS Application Payment Link



CPRS seeking RE-CERTIFICATION  are required to participate in a 6 hour or greater TRAINING CLASS for  ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY 

CPRS RE-Cert Application – Fillable

CPRS Re-Certification Payment Link

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:

Click to access Peer_Study_Guide.pdf

CPRS Candidate Guide 4-17

RPS Applicaiton 

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 Application Revised 2019

 RPS Payment Link

Peer Supervision Hours Log

Effective July 1, 2019, this form will be required with all CPRS Applications.  

 PRS Supervisor Form

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

Introducing the i-FPRS Endorsement Application  i-FPRS Endorsement Application


  CPRS MEMBER ROSTER 9.15.2020 Updated 9/15/2020

 RPS MEMBER ROSTER – August 2020 Updated 8/19/2020

 RPS MEMBER ROSTER-Employers August 2020


Safe Haven currently has two positions available for Peer Support. Please click the link for more information. SH.LSS.fulltime  SH.LSS.wkend

Peer Support Specialist/Community Technician
Sykesville, MD  Full-time
Education:  High School Diploma or GED
Maryland Treatment Centers Inc. provides a full continuum of levels of care to clients who struggle with chemical dependency as well as co-occurring psychiatric disorders. We are looking for a Full Time Peer Recovery Support Specialist and Community Technician This position requires evening and weekend availability, excellent driving record, the ability to drive a 15 passenger van and valid driver’s license.
Responsibilities: The responsibility of the Peer Recovery Support Specialist is to provide assessment and referral for participants and to act as a liaison between treatment and community stake holders. Understand the community based treatment opportunities, types of funding or payment required and how to access public entitlements.   Conduct educational groups/lectures, conduct assessments and to supervise patient activity during evening, waking hours; assist the therapy staff in the treatment of patients in the area of non-medical therapy; to provide safe transport for patients. Assist clients in engaging in the appropriate treatment resources, based on a sustainable plan of care. Provide regular written reports, documents all contacts with clients and referral sources.
Meghan Graves, CAC-AD
Program Director
Mountain Manor
Ashley Addiction Treatment has immediate openings for IOP Peer Recovery Specialist. We are seeking to fill two (2) schedules. The position is grant funded under the PRIME project initiative, specifically known as “Peer Recovery in Minority Environments” and is subject to approval for renewal on an annual basis. The IOP Peer Recovery Specialist assists with improving patient engagement and coordination of care for outpatient programming through on-site and off-site activities. The Peer Recovery Specialist, must be a representative of the minority population as outlined in the grant position; and will be responsible for facilitating trainings and educational seminars, assisting the IOP Counselor with daily group programming, connecting with every new intake to provide resources for recovery supports in the community, and ensuring that the outpatient program is coordinating with patient medical providers related to medical documentation. The Peer Recovery Specialist works closely with the Outreach Coordinator to ensure that the Peer’s community outreach and trainings target facilitating access-to-care for Harford County’s minority populations. The positions work full-time hours and include basic fringe benefits, such as travel reimbursement and mobile device stipend only.
Peer 1: Tuesday – Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Peer 2: Monday & Friday: 11:00am – 7:30pm; Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Essential Functions:
• Conducts Naloxone Trainings onsite and in the community through use of Overdose Response Program curriculum. Conduct workshops and education seminars in Harford County.
• Meets with every enrolled patient either at intake or within 48 hours of intake assessment. Connects patients with community resources for recovery support. Ensure all patients at risk for overdose complete naloxone training during treatment. Coordinates with Opiate Recovery Court related to patient progress.
• Every patient or contact interaction is documented in the Electronic Medical Record.
• The Clinical Aide will assist with coordination of care for patients, communicating with patient’s referral sources and resources. Duties may include making phone calls and drafting letters for patients. Engagement in therapeutic activities with patients while supervised by clinical staff.
• Identify locations to improve transportation for minority populations. Cultivate relationships with local community centers in Edgewood, Joppatowne and Aberdeen.
• Trained to administer NARCAN in the event of an overdose episode. Trained to utilize CPS/AED in the event of cardiac arrest.
• Completes continuing education as required to acquire and maintain certification as a Peer Recovery Coach and a Peer Recovery Specialist. Maintains current, accurate knowledge of trends and issues related to wellness and recovery.
HIPAA – Personal Health Information
• Protects personally identifiable health information; adheres to release of information per policy and procedure (written, oral and electronic). Respects patients and all customer groups’ privacy and confidentiality. Adheres to IT and business-related communications confidentiality policies.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:
1. Minimum high school graduate of equivalent; prior experience in treatment or health care field is preferred. Basic knowledge of recovery tools (twelve step program, SMART recovery, Celebrate Recovery, etc.)
2. Highly recommended to obtain Certified Peer Recovery Coach and a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist certification.
3. Excellent interpersonal skills.
4. Speak clearly; basic written skills; basic mathematical skills.
5. Knowledge of Microsoft Office to include outlook, excel and word.
6. Communicate well with patients, enforcing policies and procedures in a fair but firm manner.
7. Certifications: Maryland driver’s license, CPR/AED certification, NARCAN training.
8. Excellent driver; drive in all weather and traffic conditions; assist passengers in and out of vehicles and sit in vehicles for periods of time.
9. Requires mobility (walking and climbing steps) of a frequent nature due to the logistical nature of escorting and/or finding patients.
10. Requires your own transportation to perform duties.
To apply reach out to:
Larry Dickerson Talent Acquisition Manager OFFICE 443-760-3451

Peer Volunteer opportunities available at FRC click the link for more information. Foundation Recovery Center Volunteers

We have expanded our SBIRT program to the University of Maryland Laurel and Bowie campuses and are seeking 2 new peer recovery coaches.  We are hiring two more emergency department peer recovery coaches for the UMMS Capital Region Health System – this team splits time between the Laurel Regional and Bowie Medical Centers.  Shift work, every third weekend, and an established, strong team we are looking to round out with two more coaches. Peer recovery coaches are people in recovery  and we seek those 2-3 years or more into their recovery journey.  Happy to answer any questions about the positions available!  Those interested can learn more information and apply here:

 Please click on the links for 2 Peer job opportunities with MedStar Health


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.

141 Responses to Peer Recovery

  1. evansme1 says:

    Hello, I am new to this, but I am really impress with Voices Of Hope training program for people seeking certification as Peer Support Specialist. But unfortunate for me as I live in Calvert county and don’t see anything in the Southern Maryland region that offers the kind of training programs that Voices of Hope has, and it seem that a lot of the organization that anything close to it are in or around Baltimore. I have taken the CCAR course a few years ago, and have taken some free online course though Relias or Magellan, plus college course that I have complete for addiction counseling, any suggest to this are welcome

    • MABPCB says:

      At this time, I am unaware of any specific training programs being conducted in your jurisdiction. During the pandemic, many trainings are being offered virtually. You may be able to participate in several trainings at this time that are offered outside of your immediate jurisdiction. It is also suggested to reach out to the Health Department in your jurisdiction which may be able to point you in the direction of trainings being held locally.

  2. Michelle Mariner says:

    The application states that your RPS needs to submit a copy of their RPS certification with the applying peer’s application. Is there a way the RPS can request a copy of their certification if it can’t be found or do they have access to it online?

    • MABPCB says:

      In order for the RPS to request a copy of the RPS certificate, they are required to contact the Board directly to obtain and official copy of the certificate.

  3. Rebecca Rigney says:

    How will I know when my application has been approved so I can sign up to take the exam? My check has been processed and I received an email July 4th stating my application was received. Will I get another email with a time and date for testing?

    • MABPCB says:

      Upon completion of the review of all applications, the applicant is notified by email of the approval of the application and the eligibility requirements for scheduling the test.

  4. Analyn Leonardo says:


    when is the next training schedule this year? what about online?

  5. Jesse Waterman says:

    Is there a code of ethics in Maryland for peer support specialists?

    • MABPCB says:

      Mr. Waterman, Certified Peer Recovery Specialist are governed by a code of ethics identified as Guiding Principles in the State of Maryland.

  6. Kelly McColligan says:

    Do you think it would be possible to offer a 6 hour ethics training course virtually/online any time soon as so many need ethics and so many are home during this pandemic? I need a 6 hour ethics for re-certification and also know that was the hardest to complete the first time I became certified as well.

    • MABPCB says:

      MABPCB and all Organizational Providers will be offering trainings for all specific domains. Please check the MABPCB webpage and check with the Office of Consumer Affairs.

  7. zanada moses says:

    Hello I would like to become a peer recovery specialist ad I would like to knw where to begin

  8. Patricia Smith says:

    I took the I-FPRS Training Course and did not receive a Certificate and I am also not listed on the Roster showing certified as one. I have also asked for a copy of my CPRS Renewed Cert. Will someone please help me. I have asked many people withing the MABPCB and still no assistance.

  9. Can you clarify on the Ethics requirement for re-certification? Is it 6 credits in ethics or does it need to be a specific ethics class? Will you be offering more ethics trainings for re-certification? Thanks.

    • MABPCB says:

      For Re-Certification, a CPRS must participate in an Ethical Responsibility class providing ethical CEU’s ONLY. The class must be at least 6 credit hours.

  10. Donna Bruce says:

    To the entire Board of Maryland Addiction & Behavioral-Health, Thanks for paving the way for careers that we all can use our lived experiences to help others and make make impact in their lives!!Thanks again and its an honor to be in service and apart of a massive movement that is changing lives!!!

  11. I have almost 60 hours of total Relias Trainings of different variety. How do I find out which courses will count towards my hours, as well as which domain the course falls under? I see Relias is approved but I am unable to find out what is approved and what they can be used for.

    • MABPCB says:

      The online training through Relias are good for re-certification, because they do not identify domains. Peers are only eligible to submit 2.5 hours of online training for re-certification and 5 hours for initial certification.

  12. Andrea Landry-brown says:

    I have 3.25 CEU’s for the DLA-20 training and another 11 hrs CEU’s for the NAMI conference in 2018. These hours have no domain specifications. I taught a total of 3 Peer to Peer courses between 2018 & 2019. Do any of those CEU’s go toward ethics?

  13. astalnaker87 says:

    Can you do any online training’s when getting your certification?

  14. Hi, I am looking to find out when there are CPRS/CCAR trainings. I really want to go to ones about ethics and spirituality. My name is Rebecca/Cali. Please email me to let me know when trainings will be happening. I am currently in a volunteer position facilitating an art wellness group. I am looking forward to hearing from you!

  15. I need to know how to document my in-service hours that I would like to count towards my 46 Training hours. I can I can have up to 12 and i really only need 1.75 to be able to turn in my application. We just aren’t sure how to document that in the application as it has no instructions.
    Thank you!

  16. namastephie says:

    I only need 1.25 hours in mentoring and education to apply for the prss exam. There are NO upcoming trainings. I did recovery coach, ethics, professionalism, spirituality, mental health first aid, the Magellan’s and WRAP. I have my supervision hours and my 500 hours. I am also a registered peer supervisor. What can I do? I have 20 to 30 hours in every domain but mentoring and education and I am stumped. Searched every training. Do I just have to wait another year?

    • MABPCB says:

      Peer are able to have their agency provide inservice hours for up to 12 CEU’s. You can have your supervisor conduct an in-service for the 1.25 hours in Mentoring/Education. Please refer to the CPRS application manual for more details.

  17. LINDA WILLIAMS says:


  18. Charlie Bayne says:

    I am seeking employment as a Peer Recovery coach.
    Charlie Bayne

  19. astalnaker87 says:

    Is there any other study guide for the CPRS than the Rhode Island study guide

  20. Stacy says:

    If I am ready to apply to be a CPRS do I need the supervision hours log? It says it’s effective July 1, 2019.

  21. Dalton Kane says:

    I’m having trouble understanding your website, I am trying to find a new career being a peer recovery specialist and I would like some help getting started please. I understand all of the information I need is on this website I’m just having trouble understanding it

  22. Rachael Lynn DeLeon says:

    Is there currently a Forensic Peer Specialist training?

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