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.

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