CREDENTIALING, LICENSING, AND REIMBURSEMENT OF THE SUD WORKFORCE: A REVIEW OF POLICIES AND PRACTICES ACROSS THE NATION. EXHIBIT A8: Requirements: Peer Recovery Specialist

12/01/2019

EXHIBIT A8. Requirements: Peer Recovery Specialist
State Abbr. Credential Title Focus* Education Hours Practice Hours Supervision Hours Required Examination Annual Cont. Educ. Hours Renewal Period (months) Reciprocity
AL Certified Recovery Support Specialist SUD-specific 40 Not stated Not stated Certified Recovery Support Specialist Exam 16 12 Not stated
AR Peer Recovery Coach SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
AZ Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific Not stated Not stated Not stated Certified Recovery Support Specialist Exam Not stated Not stated Yes
CA Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 100 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
CO Colorado Peer & Family Specialist SUD-specific 60 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 30 24 Yes
CT Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 50 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 10 12 Yes
DC Certified Peer Specialist MH and/or SUD 6-week course 80 Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated Yes
DE Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 46 1,000 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Not stated
FL Certified Recovery Peer Specialist MH and/or SUD 40 500 500 Florida Certified Recovery Peer Specialist Exam 10 12 Yes
GA Certified Peer Recovery Coach MH and/or SUD 100 500 50 Not stated 40 24 Yes
HI Hawaii Certified Peer Specialist MH or COD Not stated Not stated Not stated Not stated 16 12 Not stated
IA Certified Peer Recovery Specialist MH and/or SUD 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
ID Certified Peer Recovery Coach SUD-specific 46 500 25 Not stated 20 24 Yes
IL Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 100 2,000 100 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 30 24 Yes
IN Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach I SUD-specific 30 None Not stated IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 40 24 Yes
Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach II SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 40 24 Yes
KY Registered Alcohol & Drug Peer Support Specialist SUD-specific 60 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam Not stated 36 Yes
LA Peer Recovery Support Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
MA Certified Addictions Recovery Coach SUD-specific 60 500 35 IC&RC Certified Addictions Recovery Coach Exam 30 24 Yes
MD Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
MI Certified Peer Recovery Mentor SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
MN Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 40 None 1 per every 20 hours of service provision IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 No
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Reciprocal SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
MO Certified Reciprocal Peer Recovery SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
MS Certified Peer Support Specialist Professional MH and/or SUD Not stated 250 Not stated Peer Support Specialist Professional Exam 20 48 Not stated
MT Behavioral Health Peer Support Specialist MH and/or SUD 40 Not stated Not stated Not stated 20 12 Yes
NC Peer Support Specialist MH and/or SUD 60 Not stated Not stated None 20 24 Not stated
NE Peer Support & Wellness Specialist MH and/or SUD 40 Not stated Not stated Not stated 6 12 Not stated
NH Certified Recovery Support Worker SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 12 24 Not stated
NJ Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
NM Certified Peer Support Worker MH and/or SUD 40 Not stated Not stated Certified Peer Support Worker Exam 40 24 No
NV Peer Recovery & Support Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
NY Certified Addiction Recovery Coach SUD-specific 60 None None None 6 36 Yes
Certified Recovery Peer Advocate SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 8 36 Yes
OH Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporter MH and/or SUD 56 None Not stated Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter Exam 30 24 No
OK Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist MH and/or SUD Not stated Not stated Not stated Peer Recovery Support Specialist Exam 12 12 Not stated
OR Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Counselor SUD-specific 80 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
PA Certified Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 54 Not stated Not stated IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 30 24 Yes
RI Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
TN Certified Peer Recovery Specialist MH and/or SUD 40 75 3 None 10 12 No
TX Peer Recovery Support Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
UT Certified Peer Support Specialist MH and/or SUD 40 Not stated Not stated Not stated 20 24 No
VA Certified Peer Recovery Specialist SUD-specific 72 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
VT Vermont Certified Recovery Coach SUD-specific Not stated Not stated Not stated None 8 60 No
WA Certified Peer Counselor MH and/or SUD 40 Not stated Not stated State Certified Peer Counselor Exam Not stated Not stated No
WI Certified Peer Specialist MH and/or SUD Not stated Not stated Not stated Wisconsin Peer Specialist Certification Exam 20 24 No
WV Peer Recovery Support Specialist SUD-specific 46 500 25 IC&RC Peer Recovery Exam 20 24 Yes
WY Certified Peer Specialist MH and/or SUD 36 Not stated Not stated None 19 24 No
*FOCUS REFERS TO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:
  • SUD-specific = peers certified with this credential focus on recovery from SUDs
  • MH and/or SUD = peers certified with this credential can focus on recovery from mental health (MH) conditions and/or SUDs
  • MH or COD = peers certified with this credential focus on recovery from MH conditions or co-occurring disorder (COD), but not SUDs alone