CPRS: Reimbursement & Credentialing

In 2015, the Virginia Certification Board (VCB) began certifying Certified Peer Recovery Specialists (CPRSs) in the Commonwealth of Virginia with the support of DBHDS and the Office of Recovery Services. This process started with an 18-month grandparenting period. Beginning in January 2017, a multiple-choice examination was required, as well as a 72 hour DBHDS approved training. To receive reimbursement from DMAS for peer recovery services, one must be registered by the Virginia Board of Counseling as a "Registered Peer Recovery Specialist". Click here for more information on registration. Due to changes, and questions VCB has developed two guidance documents to help CPRS's navigate this process.

CPRS FAQ's: includes information about keeping your certification current, other credentials, etc.




Professionals have two options to complete the recertification process:

  1. Download and complete the Recertification Application - PDF.  Education Approval: If you have education that needs to be VCB approved, download and complete the Education Approval Application - PDF.  You can print and mail or fax these documents or save and email them to VCB.
  2. COMING SOON: Complete the entire Recertification Application online. PLEASE NOTE: You must register on the website and your account must be approved prior to completing the online recertification process.
Who We Are

VCB is a private, non-profit corporation which offers voluntary credentialing to the substance abuse, behavioral health and community health professional. VCB implements standards and testing for certification of addiction counselors, prevention specialists, clinical supervisors, criminal justice addictions professionals, and peer recovery specialists. Read More

VCB developed an outline for the general requirements for certification, as well as the requirements to obtain other credentials. For more detailed requirements please review the Career Ladder.

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VCB is a Proud Member of IC&RC

Logo, IC&RCVCB is a proud member of IC&RC, the global leader in the credentialing of prevention, addiction treatment, and recovery professionals. Organized in 1981, it provides standards and examinations to certification and licensing boards in 24 countries, 47 states and territories, five Native American regions, and all branches of the U.S. military.
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