Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program


If you’ve ever heard the expression “Walk a mile in my shoes,” you know the essence of peer support services. Peer support empowers people living with behavioral health challenges to receive help from someone who’s “been there.” By sharing their experiences, strengths, knowledge, and hope, Tennessee's Certified Peer Recovery Specialists deliver this evidence-based practice in a method that conveys mutual respect and personal responsibility.  Click this link or the image below to learn more about peer recovery services in Tennessee.

Tennessee’s Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program provides State certification for individuals who provide direct peer-to-peer support services to others who have mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders.  Visit the new home for all of Tennessee's Certified Peer programs: cadre.tn.gov

A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) is a person who has lived experience of a mental illness, substance use disorder or co-occurring disorder, who has made the journey from illness to wellness, and who now wishes to help others.

CADRE is the new portal for all things related to the 3 peer support certifications in Tennessee. CADRE stands for Career Development for Peer Recovery Specialists. Click the link to go to the CADRE homepage.

Learn how Certified Peer Recovery Specialists in Tennessee are putting their lived experience and their certification to work to help improve the lives of others.

For the past twelve years, Certified Peer Recovery Specialists have gathered together for continuing education, inspiring speakers, awards and more. This year, we are welcoming our fellow Certified Young Adult Peer Support Specialists and Certified Family Support Specialists so we can all join together for the first All Peer Conference! 

For More Information

If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Phone: 800-560-5767
Email: OCA.TDMHSAS@tn.gov
Hours: Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except for state holidays)

If you feel at any time that you are experiencing a mental health crisis, please call the Tennessee Statewide Crisis Line toll-free 24 hours, 7 days a week at 1-855-274-7471.

To learn more about the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist program, please contact:

Michelle Webster
Peer Recovery Coordinator