Colorado State Peer and Family Specialist Credential.

Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Credential

The Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification is intended as a professional credential for individuals with “lived experience” in behavioral health.

“Lived experience” means:

  • The applicant has a personal history of drug or alcohol addiction and is engaged in recovery and/or
  • The applicant has a personal diagnosis (experience) of a mental health condition and is engaged in recovery, or
  • The applicant has personally provided care to a child, youth or adolescent with a drug or alcohol addiction or mental health condition
WHY DO I WANT THIS CREDENTIAL
√ Recognition that peers are key for delivery of behavior health services
√ Ability for peers to achieve and maintain a professional credential
√ Opportunity for skill and career development
√ Ensures employed peers meet certain standards for experience and training
√ Potential implications for Medicaid
√ Ensures competency standards for the profession
√ Requires adherence to an ethical code

*Please note that any and all information submitted as a part of this application is confidential and will not be shared with anyone outside of the CPFS Certification Board.

CPFS Standards & Costs

COLORADO CREDENTIAL STANDARDS

High school diploma or jurisdictionally certified high school equivalency
Lived Experience
60 training hours specific to the following IC&RC domains

  • Advocacy – 10 hours
  • Recovery/Wellness Support – 10 hours
  • Mentoring & Education – 10 hours
  • Ethical Responsibility – 16 hours

Additional Colorado subject areas:  Trauma Informed Care, Cultural Sensitivity, Whole Health, Substance Use, Mental Health and Family Support

500 hours of volunteer or paid work experience specific to the IC&RC domains over at least 6 months
50 hours of supervision specific to the domains where at least 25 hours must be of individual and/or group supervision specific to the domains
Sign a code of ethics statement
All new candidates must pass an exam.  During the grandparenting period of 90 days, peers currently working will not need to pass an exam
30 hours of continuing education earned every 2 years, including 6 hours of ethics

 

COSTS TO APPLICANT

During the Grandparenting Period: Total of $200
  • $50 to start an application
  • $150 to complete an application-must be completed by the end of Grandparenting period, 4/9/2017
After the Grandparenting Period: Total of $295
  • $50 to start an application
  • $245 to complete an application-must be completed within a year of the application
Renewal of a certification every 2 years: Total of $200
  • $200 to renew an application every 2 years
All fees nonrefundable: PayPal, Credit cards, Checks & Money Orders are accepted

During/After Grandparenting

 

During Grandparenting Period

After Grandparenting Period

1) Applicant pays application fee and submits completed application through online database 1) Applicant pays application fee and submits completed application through online database
2) COPA directed staff determine whether the application is complete and sufficient for review 2) COPA directed staff determine whether the application is complete and sufficient for review
3) Credentialing Board evaluates the application and determines whether an applicant will be certified 3) Credentialing Board evaluates the application and determines whether applicant is eligible for exam
4) If approved, applicant will be certified 4) Staff works with applicant to schedule exam
5) Add limitations to retaking the test if applicant fails
6) If exam passed, applicant will be certified

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Development Process

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In 2016, a coalition of Colorado organizations, government agencies and peers, created the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification (CPFS). The coalition formed the certification to advance the professional contributions of peers and family support specialists working in the fields of addiction treatment, recovery and mental health. The CPFS is intended to:

  • To establish and recognize basic standards for professional competence.
  • Establish and confirm the credibility of the peer profession with consumers, employers, funders, and the general public.
  • Ensure that peer credentials are based on experience and competencies as set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

This process included:

  • Statewide stakeholder meetings (2014-2015)
  • Research on approaches
  • White paper
  • Options identified
    • Stand alone entity to administer credential
    • National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
    • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
  • Peer and Family Workgroup and Continuum of Care Committees unanimously endorsed IC&RC approach
  • Behavioral Health Transformation Council endorsed IC&RC (2015)

Apply now at http://co.certflow.net

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