Development Process


In 2016, a coalition of Colorado organizations, government agencies and peers, created the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification (CPFS). The coalition formed the certification to advance the professional contributions of peers and family support specialists working in the fields of addiction treatment, recovery and mental health. The CPFS is intended to:

  • Establish and recognize basic standards for professional competence.
  • Establish and confirm the credibility of the peer profession with consumers, employers, funders, and the general public.
  • Ensure that peer credentials are based on experience and competencies as set by the International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC).

This process included:

  • Statewide stakeholder meetings (2014-2015)
  • Research on approaches
  • White paper
  • Options identified
    • Stand alone entity to administer credential
    • National Association of Addiction Professionals (NAADAC)
    • International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC)
  • Peer and Family Workgroup and Continuum of Care Committees unanimously endorsed IC&RC approach
  • Behavioral Health Transformation Council endorsed IC&RC (2015)