What is Peers in Recovery Mentorship Program?
This program was created to increase and enhance the individual's access to training platforms, coaching and on the job experience needed to become a Certified Recovery Peer Specialist (CRPS) through the Florida Certification Board. The CRPS credential is for people who use their lived experience and skills learned in training to help others achieve and maintain recovery and wellness from mental health and/or substance use conditions. The CRPS credential designates competency in the domains of Recovery Support, Advocacy, Mentoring and Professional Responsibilities. CRPS credentials also include endorsements to demonstrate the certified professional’s lived experience. This program supports the learning pathway for each of the four endorsements:
Adult (A): Lived experience as an adult in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.
Family (F): Lived experience as a family member or caregiver to another person who is living with a mental health and/or substance use condition.
Veteran (V): Lived experience as a veteran of any branch of the armed forces who is in recovery for a minimum of 2-years from a mental health and/or substance use condition.
Youth (Y): Are between the ages of 18 and 29 at the time of application and have lived experience as a person who, between the ages of 14 and 25 experienced a significant life challenge and is now living a wellness and/or recovery oriented lifestyle for at least two years.
Individuals in recovery, known as Peers, will be able to establish connection, offer encouragement, empower, and inspire hope to individuals in treatment as "experts in recovery" with the enhanced knowledge and skill set offered through the ongoing coaching and training of this program.