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The Rhode Island Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Guide: A Study Guide for the Certification Exam
A Peer Recovery Specialist is a trained individual who has lived experience with mental illness and/or addiction to alcohol and/or other drugs who provides one-to-one strengths-based support to peers in recovery. Peer Recovery Specialists work in a wide range of settings including community health and mental health centers, behavioral health programs, substance use treatment facilities, peer-run organizations, community-based organizations, emergency rooms, courts, homeless shelters and outreach programs. Sometimes, Peer Recovery Specialists are referred to as Peer Support Specialists.
The Rhode Island Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH) is committed to building and strengthening the recovery workforce in Rhode Island. It supports training and professional development opportunities and facilitation of the certification process for both beginning and experienced recovery professionals. Toward these ends, BHDDH commissioned the development of this Study Guide for individuals seeking to take the Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Exam offered by the Rhode Island Certification Board.
Purpose of the Guide
This Guide is designed as a study aid to help prepare for and pass the Rhode Island Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Exam. The content of the Guide is based on the knowledge, skills and job tasks derived from the 2013 Peer Recovery Job Analysis conducted by the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC), which sets standards and develops examinations for the credentialing of prevention, substance use treatment, and recovery professionals. The Guide was developed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., in consultation with BHDDH, subject matter experts in the behavioral health field, and input from peer recovery specialists who have taken the certification exam, or are working in recovery settings in Rhode Island.