COPA and the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification Board (PFSCB) take potential violations of the Code of Ethics very seriously.

To download a copy of the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Code of Ethics, please click here.

The process for reporting and handling of potential ethical violations is listed below.

Please contact the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist Certification Board directly at copacert@gmail.com to report a potential ethical violation of an individual who holds the CPFS credential.

Violations of the Code of Ethics

All Colorado Peer and Family Specialists must strictly adhere to the Code of Professional Ethics. The PFSCB and PFSCB staff may for any reason investigate any applicant or certified Peer and Family Support Specialist for a violation of the Code of Ethics. When initiating an investigation, the Board and PFSCB staff shall provide written notice to the applicant or certified peer and family specialist that the Board is investigating a potential breach of the Code of Professional Ethics. The Board shall provide the applicant or certified professional an opportunity to submit evidence regarding any possible breach of the Code of Professional Ethics prior to any decision.

If the Board determines by a preponderance of the evidence available that an individual applicant or certified peer and family specialist has violated the Code of Ethics or that there is an appearance of impropriety the Board may issue sanctions against the individual. Sanctions may include the suspension of an application or certification for up to two years, a permanent revocation of the application or certification, or other sanctions deemed appropriate by the Board. Applicants or certified peer and family support specialists shall be provided written notice of any Board sanction within 10 business days of the Board decision.

Anyone sanctioned by the Board may appeal the decision. To appeal the decision, the applicant or certified peer and family support specialist shall provide a written notice of appeal to PFSCB staff within 30 business days of the Board decision. The written notice shall clearly indicate the individual’s intent to appeal, reasons for appeal, and additional information the individual believes to be relevant for the case.

The Board shall consider an appeal at the next regularly scheduled Board meeting following the receipt of the written notice of appeal.  At its discretion, the Board may also schedule an appeal hearing for an appellant prior to the review of a written appeal. The Board’s review of an appeal shall be the final decision regarding sanctions.