Peers4Recovery Workforce Development

Parent Support Network works with the RI Department of Behavioral Healthcare  Developmental Disabilities & Hospitals (BHDDH) and other state and local partners to offer ongoing workforce development training and technical assistance activities to build the Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRS) workforce.  

PSN is working with Building Futures, Apprenticeship RI and now has a registered apprenticeship program to advance certified peer recovery specialists with dual certification as community health workers and specialty on the job work experience. 

A peer provider (e.g., certified peer specialist, peer support specialist, recovery coach) is a person who uses his or her lived experience of recovery from mental illness and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training, to deliver services in behavioral health and other community settings to promote mind-body recovery and resiliency.

In primary care, peer support services have traditionally been limited to an informal or volunteer role of connecting people living with chronic conditions, such as diabetes, in sharing knowledge and experiences with each other. More recently, peer support roles have evolved to include community health workers, peer coaches, and more.

Visit our Training Calendar to learn more about the following trainings:

  • Intro to Recovery Oriented System of Care & Peer Based Recovery Support Services  

  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Integrated Behavioral  Health Training 

  • CPRS Supervisor Training 

  • Ethics 

  • Intro to WRAP 

Rhode Island Peer Recovery Counci

Meets 3rd Thursday of the month from 11am to 12:30pm to discuss peer recovery specialists workforce and policy needs --- website in development  

Monthly Peer Recovery Specialist Group Supervision 

Meets 1st Tuesday of the month from 12pm to 2pm (soup and potluck) peer workforce support and ongoing presenters. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Peers 4 Recovery Workforce Development Manager, Leah Germinara (

535 Centerville Road, Suite 202
Warwick, RI  02886 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Nights and weekends as scheduled

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