Certified Peer Recovery Specialists





Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program in Tennessee

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The peer support model is fostered in Tennessee through the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Program administered by the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services- Office of Consumer Affairs and Peer Recovery Services. Peer Recovery Certification also expands professional employment opportunities for consumers by enabling peers to obtain employment from TennCare (Medicaid) providers.

A Certified Peer Recovery Specialist has self-identified as a person who has been diagnosed with a mental illness only, or co-occurring disorder of mental illness and substance abuse, or only a substance use disorder, and who has successfully navigated the service system to access the treatment and resources necessary to build personal recovery and success with his or her life goals. This individual undergoes training recognized by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services on how to assist other persons with mental illness, co-occurring, or substance use disorder in fostering their own wellness, based on the principles of self-directed recovery. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist promotes self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment found in self-directed recovery and assists others who are diagnosed with mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders to achieve control over their own recovery process.

Under the general supervision of a mental health professional, a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist may perform a wide range of direct peer-to-peer support services. Each Certified Peer Recovery Specialist has the ability to serve as an advocate, life coach, or mentor; develop community support; assist in the development of rehabilitation goals; help to solve issues a peer is unable to resolve on his or her own; or provide education on the importance of keeping personal wellness and recovery.


  Continuing Education Hours (CEHs)

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and for webinars and conferences see the Recovery Within Reach Calendar Webinar Link: http://goo.gl/cehMF

Remember to properly document your attendance with either a certificate or screenshot of the last slide signed by you and your supervisor. For much more about webinars navigate to our webinar page by clicking here.

 Certified Peer Recovery Specialists

  • Provide Medicaid-billable services through provider agencies
  • Assist service participants (consumers) by promoting self-directed recovery goals
  • Function as life coaches, advocates, teachers and group facilitators

Principles of Peer Recovery Support

  • Identification and Empathy
  • Recovery and Resiliency Modeling
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Instill Hope - “I’m doing it. So can you!”

Certified Peer Recovery Specialists are not qualified to diagnose an illness, prescribe medication, or provide clinical services.
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Click here to view a video from Pillars of Peer Support with Rosalyn Carter commenting on Certified Peer [Recovery] Specialists


A Certified Peer Specialist earns an average wage of $12.62 per hour.
Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
Most people with this job move on to other positions after 10 years in this career.
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