Iowa Board of Certification makes changes to Peer Support Certification

In the latest addition of The Certification Chronicle, the Iowa Board of Certification announced changes to the Peer Support Specialist certification.  The announcement is as follows:

MHPSS – No New Applications after 6/30/18

IBC will be accepting new applications for MHPSS (Mental Health Peer Support Specialist) through June 30, 2018.  Effective July 1, 2018 Peer Support Specialists will need to apply for the PRS (Peer Recovery Specialist) credential.  The PRS requires 6 additional hours of ethics over and above the Peer Support training, plus some additional experience and supervision, and passing the IC&RC computer-based exam.

This does NOT affect current MHPSS’s by 6/30/18, and those already certified as a MHPSS may continue to recertify with their MHPSS.

The PRS credential is reciprocal with other IC&RC states that also hold this credential (25 at this time) which allows a Peer Support Specialist to use the reciprocity process when moving to a new state.  We also believe the PRS credential shows an additional level of experience, supervision and education, as well as expertise evidence by passing the international IC&RC exam.