Virginia peers who want to become a Certified Peer Recovery Specialists have until the end of 2016 to qualify under the current standards. Here is the news directly from the state’s liaison with the certification board, in an email dated April 5th:
“In collaboration with DBHDS Office of Recovery Services, Virginia Certification Board will extend the Grandparenting phase of Virginia Peer Recovery Certification process to December 31, 2016.
The Office of Recovery Services is responding to the feedback from various stakeholders to extend the Grandparenting phase. In addition, this will allow the Office of Recovery Services and their community partners the time to complete the development of the State CPRS training curriculum that will be required for Peer Recovery Specialist certification as of January 1, 2017.
There is no change in the existing certification requirements as a result of this extension.
Please visit Virginia Certification Board at www.vacertboard.org for more information or to have your Certification questions answered.”