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


  • 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.

Individuals in the process of renewing their credential should contact for access to the Certemy system.