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To Finish My State Certification As A Certified Peer Recovery Specialists. I Need 75 Hours Of Peer Work, Of Which 3 Hours I Need Supervision By A Qualified Person. The Rest Of This Post Is Long.....I Am Passionate Of Giving Back To Our Community. Any Recommendations On Other Organizations Or Individuals Here Local Committed To The Same. I Am A Full-Time Adult College Student, Majoring In Psychology- Mental Health & Addiction Studies.
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Complete a minimum of 75 hours of supervised paid or volunteer work within the past year providing peer recovery services with individuals who have mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.
Sponsorship in 12-step programs does not qualify to meet this requirement, in part because of the supervision requirement.
No less than three hours of clinical supervision from a behavioral health professional is required (one hour for every 25 hours of service provided).
Peer recovery services can include providing one-on-one support, leading support groups, and providing recovery education.
Examples of recovery education include stress-management presentations, presenting tools to deal with triggers, and teaching the Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP©), among many others.
CPRS Scope of Activities
The scope of activities outlines the range of peer recovery services that a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist can provide to assist others in living their lives based on the principles of recovery and resiliency.
Certification does not imply that the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is qualified to diagnose an illness, prescribe medication, or provide clinical services and doing so constitutes at minimum a violation of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Code of Ethics.
1. Utilizing unique recovery experiences, the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist shall:
a. Teach and model the value of every individual’s recovery experience;
b. Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies;
c. Encourage peers to develop a healthy independence;
d. Establish and maintain a peer relationship rather than a hierarchical relationship.
2. Utilizing direct peer-to-peer interaction and a goal-setting process, the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist shall:
a. Understand and utilize specific interventions necessary to assist peers in meeting their individualized recovery goals;
b. Demonstrate and impart how to facilitate recovery dialogues through the use active listening and other evidence-based and/or best practice methods;
c. Demonstrate and impart relevant skills needed for self-management of symptoms and prevention of relapse;
d. Demonstrate and impart how to overcome personal fears, anxieties, urges, and triggers;
e. Assist peers in articulating their personal goals and objectives for recovery and sobriety
f. Assist peers in creating their personal recovery plans (e.g., WRAP®, Declaration for Mental Health Treatment, crisis plan, relapse prevention plan, etc.)
g. Appropriately document activities provided to peers in either their individual records or program records.
3.The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist shall maintain a working knowledge of current trends and developments in the fields of mental health, substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and peer recovery services by:
a. Reading books, current journals, and other relevant material;
b. Developing and sharing recovery-oriented material with other Certified Peer Recovery Specialists;
c. Attending authorized or recognized seminars, workshops, and educational training.
4.The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist shall serve as a recovery agent by:
a. Providing and promoting recovery-based services (e.g., BRIDGES, WRAP®, 12-Step Groups, etc.);
b. Assisting peers in obtaining services that suit each peer’s individual recovery needs;
c. Assisting peers in developing empowerment skills through self-advocacy;
d. Assisting peers in developing problem-solving skills so they can respond to challenges to their recovery;
e. When appropriate sharing his or her unique perspective on recovery from mental illness and substance abuse disorders and co-occurring disorders with non-peer staff;
f. Assisting non-peer staff in a collaborative process in identifying programs and environments that are conducive to recovery.
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, either employed or volunteer, must be under the general supervision of a mental health professional or qualified alcohol and drug abuse treatment professional in accordance with acceptable guidelines and standards of practice as defined by the State and as defined in the TDMHSAS Licensure rules, Chapter 0940-05-01, as follows:
“Mental Health Professional” means a board eligible or a board-certified psychiatrist or
a person with at least a Master's degree and/or clinical training in an accepted mental health field which includes, but is not limited to, counseling, nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, vocational rehabilitation, or activity therapy.
“Qualified Alcohol and Drug Abuse Treatment Personnel” means persons who meet the criteria described in subparagraphs (a), (b) and (c) as follows:
(a) Currently meet one (1) of the following conditions:
1.Licensed or certified by the State of Tennessee as a physician, registered nurse, practical nurse, psychologist, psychological examiner, social worker, substance abuse counselor, teacher, professional counselor, associate counselor or marital and family therapist, or if there is no applicable licensure or certification by the State, has a bachelor’s degree or above in a behavioral science or human development related area; or
2. Actively engaged in a recognized course of study or other formal process for meeting criteria of part (1) of subparagraph (a) above, and directly supervised by a staff person who meets criteria in part (1) of subparagraph (a) above, who is trained and qualified as described in subparagraph (b) and (c) below, and who has a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in his/her area of practice; and (b)Are qualified by education and/or experience for the specific duties of their position; and (c)Are trained in alcohol, tobacco and/or other drug abuse specific information or skills.
(Examples of types of training include, but are not limited to, alcohol or other drug abuse specific in-services, workshops, substance abuse schools, academic coursework and internships, field placement or residences).
The amount, duration and scope of supervision of Certified Peer Recovery Specialists may range from direct oversight to periodic care consultation.
CPRS’s are covered by TennCare as well as many insurers.
What is a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist?
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists help others on the path to recovery from mental illness or substance abuse.
CPRS's are peers. They have firsthand experience with mental illness and/or substance abuse and can offer support and understanding.
CPRSs use their personal recovery to help others. CPRS's promote self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment.
The Certified Peer Recovery Specialists program began in 2007. Since then, more than 525 Certified Peer Recovery Specialists have been certified in Tennessee.
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Definition
A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) is someone who has self-identified as being in recovery from mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders of both mental illness and substance use disorder. In addition, a CPRS has completed specialized training recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services on how to provide peer recovery services based on the principles of recovery and resiliency.
Certified Peer Recovery Specialists can provide support to others with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder and help them achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.
Direct peer-to-peer services can include a variety of support services, such as: assisting in the development of strengths-based individual goals serving as an advocate, mentor, or facilitator for resolution of issues that a peer is unable to resolve on his or her own and assisting in the development of recovery goals and developing community support
Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Handbook provides information on ways to maintain personal wellness and recovery providing information on behavioral health system navigation.
A Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist who is:
1. Employed by an agency that is licensed by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, and
2. Under the general supervision of a mental health or substance use disorder professional in accordance with acceptable guidelines and standards of practice as defined by the State is authorized to provide Medicaid-reimbursable peer recovery services in outpatient and inpatient programs under the employer’s contract with the health plans.
A Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is never authorized to provide peer recovery services on their own for pay or for reimbursement from a health plan and doing so constitutes unethical behavior and a violation of the scope of activities for a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist.
For information comparing Certified Peer Recovery Specialist roles with other behavioral health staff, see the following chart.
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When: Sat Jan 13th - 10:00 am until approx 2pm but will take any amount of time. Feel free to message me with any questions and thank you!
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