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State Certification Database

Welcome to the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence’s State Certification Directory for Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training. This directory contains information regarding the training and certification processes for all 50 U.S. states, 5 U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. The certification information in this directory covers state certification in mental health, substance use, integrated, family, and family and adult. Additional information on these terms can be found in the Glossary below.

The purpose of this directory is to house up-to-date information on training and certification processes around the country. The information in this directory will be regularly updated. However, because each state handles its own certification processes, and they are ever- changing, it may occasionally have old information. If you see that your state’s information is out-of-date or have any questions, please contact us at info@peerrecoverynow.org.

Certificates by State
Certificate Type
Alabama
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
40 hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
40 hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Alaska
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
50 - 80 hours
Program Cost
$180 - $230
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
50 - 80 hours
Program Cost
$180 - $230
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
American Samoa

At this time, there is no certification process for this state/territory.

Arizona
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
Varies by Provider
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Varies by Provider
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Arkansas
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
30 core training hours + 16 education hours (46 hours)
Program Cost
50
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
California
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
Varies by provider, minimum 80 hours of training
Program Cost
Waived if referred for certification by county, under development if self-referred
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Colorado
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
60 hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
60 hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Connecticut
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
80 Hours
Program Cost
$200 (scholarships available)
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
80 Hours
Program Cost
$200 (scholarships available)
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Delaware
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
150
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
District of Columbia
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
70 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Florida
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
210
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
210
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Georgia
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
80 Hours
Program Cost
125
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Guam

At this time, there is no certification process for this state/territory.

Hawaii
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
Varies by Provider
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
Varies by Provider
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Idaho
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
195
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Illinois
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
100 Hours
Program Cost
$210 ($85 application fee, $125 exam fee)
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
100 Hours
Program Cost
$210 ($85 application fee, $125 exam fee)
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Indiana
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
400
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Iowa
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
165
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
32 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Kansas
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
20 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
20 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Kentucky
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
30 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
30 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Louisiana
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
76 Hours
Program Cost
500
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
No
Maine
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
36 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
64 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
64 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Maryland
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
21 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Massachusetts
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
60 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
No
Michigan
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
600
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Minnesota
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
80 Hours
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Mississippi
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Missouri
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
35 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
24 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Montana
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Nebraska
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Nevada
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
New Hampshire
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
729 (scholarships available)
Lived Experience Required?
No, but recommended
New Jersey
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
136 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
No
New Mexico
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
New York
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
50 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
45 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
North Carolina
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
60 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
North Dakota
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
No
Northern Mariana Islands

At this time, there is no certification process for this state/territory.

Ohio
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Oklahoma
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Oregon
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Pennsylvania
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
78 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
75 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
60 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Puerto Rico

At this time, there is no certification process for this state/territory.

Rhode Island
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
South Carolina
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
250
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
South Dakota

At this time, there is no certification process for this state/territory.

Tennessee
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
60 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Texas
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Mental Health
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
U.S. Virgin Islands

At this time, there is no certification process for this state/territory.

Utah
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
40 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Vermont
Certification Type
Substance Use
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
900
Lived Experience Required?
No
Virginia
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
76 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Washington
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
36 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
No
Certification Type
Family and Adult
Program Length
36 Hours
Program Cost
Free
Lived Experience Required?
No
West Virginia
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Wisconsin
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
48 Hours
Program Cost
Free for training ($50 registration for exam)
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
48 Hours
Program Cost
Free for training ($50 registration for exam)
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Wyoming
Certification Type
Integrated
Program Length
46 Hours
Program Cost
Varies by Provider
Lived Experience Required?
Yes
Certification Type
Family
Program Length
Unknown
Program Cost
Unknown
Lived Experience Required?
Yes

Glossary Terms

The terms in the glossary below are used to describe the various types of certification that the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence has identified as most common throughout the country. States may offer none, one, or several of the certifications. Please be aware that this glossary is purposefully broad in order to serve as a general guide; certification definitions and classifications may vary by state or certification body.

Family

This certification covers the experience of raising youth with mental health and / or substance use challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, raising youth under the age of 18 as well as supporting adult children. Family is not limited to biological family, but can vary to include grandparents, foster parents, and those in guardianship roles, among others. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to family and usually requires lived experience.

Family and Adult

This certification covers the experience of raising youth with mental health and / or substance use challenges. It also includes having direct lived experience of mental health and / or substance use challenges. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to both families and adults, regardless of lived experience.

Integrated

This certification covers the experience of living with mental health challenges, substance use challenges, or both. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to adults with one or both of the lived experiences mentioned previously. This certification usually requires direct lived experience, and is the most common certification type.

Mental Health

This certification covers the experience of living with mental health challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, a clinical mental health diagnosis, trauma experiences, and life-altering experiences. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to adults with mental health challenges and usually requires lived experience.

Substance Use

This certification covers the experience of living with substance use challenges. This includes, but is not limited to, a clinical substance use diagnosis. This certification typically allows the holder to provide services to adults with substance use challenges and usually requires lived experience.

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For more information from the Peer Recovery Center of Excellence, please contact Tim Saubers, tim.saubers@austin.utexas.edu 

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