New Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) credential

Starting December 1, 2015, peer specialists in Iowa can apply for the Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) credential through IBC. This credential is reciprocal with other states/countries that also carry it through IC&RC - currently there are 18 U.S. states and Canada that offer this credential. This credential is for those individuals who are themselves in recovery and who provide mental health
or substance abuse peer support services within a licensed mental health or substance abuse agency/organization.

A 90-day grandfathering period will occur from January 1 through March 30, 2016 for those who are certified with IBC as a MHPSS as of March 1, 2016. After reviewing education, experience and supervision requirements in the PRS handbook, if you are a certified MHPSS by 3/1/16 and wish to upgrade to PRS within the grandfathering time, complete the PRS application and submit it with the requirement documents and fees; if it’s complete and meeting all requirements, you will not have to pass an exam and you will be issued a PRS in place of your MHPSS credential (fees paid toward your MHPSS will be prorated for the PRS credential).

There are 2 ways to apply for this credential:

  1. If you are certified with IBC as a MHPSS as of March 1, complete the PRS application and send it to the IBC office between January 1 - March 30, 2016 with required documents and fee; OR
  2. If you are not certified with IBC as a MHPSS, or if you are a MHPSS and the grandfathering period has passed, complete the PRS application and send it to the IBC office with required documents and fee. Once the application is complete, you’ll sit for the IC&RC exam, then be issued a certification after receiving a passing score.

IBC will continue to offer the MHPSS credential along with the PRS credential, however only the PRS credential is reciprocal. View flowcharts outlining the application process for both credentials: PRS Flowchart, and MHPSS Flowchart.