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Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program


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.

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.

The first step toward becoming a CPRS is to complete the required training. After the Part One application is approved, applicants can be enrolled in the 40-hour training, which covers recovery, communication, values, ethics, motivation, co-occurring disorders, trauma-informed care, and wellness.

After the training, there are a few more steps to complete before you become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. Complete Part Two of the application and you are on your way to becoming certified. 

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.

To renew your certification you must provide at least 25 hours of direct peer to peer recovery services each year and complete ten hours of continuing education trainings. 

All forms for the  TN Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Program are now available in digital format. Just find the form you need below and click on the link.

Peers currently certified in other states can become certified in Tennessee through the state to state process.

The CPRS Handbook defines the role and the responsibilities of the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist in Tennessee. It has details on how to become certified as well as all of the information you need to understand the program and its policies.

The CPRS Conference brings together current Certified Peer Recovery Specialists, peers who want to become CPRS’s and also behavioral health providers for a day of workshops, awards, and networking. Please email if you want to attend.

For More Information

If you have concerns or need services for yourself, a child, or family member, contact our Helpline:
Phone: 800-560-5767
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