Comparing the CRSS and CPRS

Certified Recovery Support Specialist Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
Recognition Recognized by Rule 132 & 140 (IL Mental Health Medicaid) Recognized by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (multiple states)
Degree  High School Diploma or GED High School Diploma or GED
Lived Experience Must have lived experience in mental health or co-occurring mental health and substance use recovery Must have lived experience in recovery from substance use disorder, mental illness, or dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance use disorder
Work Experience Work Experience 2000 hours (approximately 1 year of full-time work) Work Experience 2000 hours (approximately 1 year of full-time work)
Performance Domains/Core Functions
  • Advocacy
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Mentoring
  • Recovery Support
  • Advocacy
  • Ethical Responsibility
  • Mentoring and Education
  • Recovery/Wellness Support
Supervised Practical Experience 100 Hours received in CRSS Domains 100 Hours received in CPRS Domains
Training/Education

100 clock hours, total

40 hours (minimum 10 hours in each performance domain)

CRSS Specific

6 hours

Professional Ethics and Responsibility

54 Hours

Core Functions

100 clock hours, total

40 hours (minimum 10 hours in each performance domain)

CPRS Specific

16 hours

Professional Ethics and Responsibility

44 hours

Core Functions (Must include 5 hours specific to family and 5 hours specific to youth)

Examination ICB CRSS Examination IC&RC Peer Recovery Examination
Self-Disclosure Signed 'Statement of Self-Disclosure' included in application Self-disclosure expected, but no signature required
Renewal Biannually - 40 hours, including:
  • 15 CEUs specific to knowledge and skills related to mental health recovery and the role of peer support in the recovery process
  • 25 CEUs related to Core Functions of CRSS, but doesn't have to be specific to mental health recovery and peer support
Biannually - 30 hours, including:
  • 20 CEUs specific to knowledge and skills related to the role of peer support in the recovery process (6 of these must be in CPRS Ethics)
  • 10 CEUs related to Core Functions of CPRS, but doesn't have to be specific to recovery and peer support
Fees

Application Fee: $85.00

Exam Fee: $125.00

Annual Certification Fee: $70.00 CEU

Extension Fee (per month): $10.00

CEU Petition Fee: $10.00

Application Fee: $85.00

Exam Fee: $125.00

Annual Certification Fee: $70.00 CEU

Extension Fee (per month): $10.00

CEU Petition Fee: $10.00