MRSS Credential

What is the Missouri Recovery Support Specialist (MRSS) credential? 

The purpose of the Recovery Support Specialist Training is to train and credential qualified participants to work as staff and/or volunteers with people with a behavioral health disorder, including substance use.

MRSS credential requirements:

  1. Minimum HS Diploma/GED
  2. 1000 hours of volunteer/work experience
  3. Professional Reference Form
  4. 39 hours of specific training:
  • 6 hours in Co-Occurring
  • 6 hours in Spirituality
  • 6 hours in Family
  • 6 hours in Pharmacology/Medication
  • 6 hours in Motivation/Stages of Change
  • 6 hours in General Recovery
  • 3 hours in Ethics

Please contact the Missouri Credentialing Board to learn more about this credential 573-616-2300).

CPS Credential

What is the Missouri Certified Peer Specialist credential?

In 2018, the MCB replaced the Missouri Recovery Support Specialist-Peer (MRSS-P) with the Certified Peer Specialist credential, designed specifically for individuals who are themselves in personal recovery.

CPS credential requirements:

  1. Completion the MCB CPS training program and take the CPS online exam.
  2. Complete the CPS application.
  3. Sign the Code of Ethics.
  4. Submit Family Care Safety Registry Worker Registration Form.
  5. Sign the recovery attestation statement.
  6. Sende High School/HSE or College transcripts.

The Missouri Credentialing Board is now conducting all of the training for the CPS.

Certified Peer Specialist Training 

The Certified Peer Specialist training will be offered online instead of the live training in a week-long Monday – Friday format.  Zoom meetings last from 8:00-1:15 each day. Then, after the Zoom meetings, participants will watch 3 videos and take a quiz.

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Please Note: The applicant must currently reside and/or work/volunteer in the State of Missouri at least 51% of the time.