Saturday, March 25, 2017

F.A.C.E. Addiction Maryland
March Meeting
(Family Advocates Coalition to End Addiction)

Date/Time:  March 27th 2017 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Location:    Anne Arundel County Conference Room (Room 153) / House of Delegates / Bladen Street / Annapolis
For More Info:  301-525-6183 /


What Should The Maryland Certification for Family Peer Support Specialists Look Like?

The Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board (MABPCB) offers voluntary international and state level credentials to the behavioral health worker. The Board, comprised of certified and licensed professionals and peer recovery specialists throughout the state, implements standards, testing and training for certifying addiction counselors, co-occurring disorders professionals, criminal justice addictions professionals, clinical supervisors, and peer recovery specialists and their supervisors.

Maryland already has a credential for Peer Recovery Specialist –an individual in recovery from substance use disorder –who has received “training” to support peers with their recovery.  Similarly, a peer credential for family members is being developed.  A workgroup has been tasked with developing core competencies for this credential –in other words, what does a family member of an individual with a substance use disorder need to know in order to help or assist other families.  This is what we already do. 

We are the ones who have been doing the work –so we are the ones who must provide the guidance on identifying the requirements for the certification.  Please bring your ideas and insights to the table.  We are relying on your input. 

There is a saying in the peer support world:  “NOT ABOUT US –WITHOUT US!”  In other words, policy that impacts us should not be created without our input. 

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