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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 CPRS in Tennesse are putting their lived experience and their certification to work to 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.

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. 

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.

When an applicant is denied certification, denied re-certification, or questions the results of the application review, the applicant may file a grievance.

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.