From: Maria Bruni, Acting Director
Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse

DEVELOPMENT OF CERTIFIED PEER RECOVERY SPECIALIST (CPRS) IN ILLINOIS

The Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (IDHS/DASA) in collaboration with the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. (ICB), is pleased to announce the development of the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in Illinois for professionals who provide recovery support services.

The CPRS credential is for all individuals who share the experience of recovering from a substance use or mental health disorder, either directly or as family members or significant others. CPRS professionals perform a unique function in the specialty of healthcare and human services, and can work in a variety of settings, using various approaches to provide supportive services with a wide range of consumer populations. In recognition of the need to assure quality care for consumers, the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) developed the CPRS Model.

Persons served by a CPRS include persons with substance use disorders, mental illnesses, persons dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorder, family members/significant others and/or staff of organizations seeking consultation on the recovery model. CPRS professionals assist individuals in becoming involved in their own recovery process so they might develop personalized action plans for their own mental, emotional, physical and social health. They provide experience, education and professional services to assist and support individuals in developing and/or maintaining recovery-oriented, wellness-focused lifestyles.

Beginning October 1, 2017, those qualified in the State of Illinois may apply for the Peer Recovery Specialist Certification. A 90-day Granting of Equivalency Period will be offered from October 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017. This credential is offered through the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and offers reciprocity with all IC&RC jurisdictions offering the credential. During this Granting of Equivalency Period the examination is waived. All applications must be postmarked by December 31, 2017 to qualify for Granting of Equivalency.

Effective January 1, 2018, the full application must be completed along with proof of education and training hours, supervision hours, work experience hours and successful passing of the examination.

Information regarding this credential will be available on the Illinois Certification Board's website, www.iaodapca.org, on October 1, 2017.

For details on the credential, please contact the Illinois Certification Board, Inc. at 217-698-8110.