About RTI

The Recovery Training Institute (RTI) offers three training trajectories:

CPRM Academy

  • Includes 80 hours of specialized education and training for Peer Recovery support within focus areas such as advocacy, mentoring & education, recovery processes & wellness, and ethical responsibility
  • Intended for individuals who do not yet have MCBAP’s Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM) credential
  • Financial assistance and work stipends available to qualifying individuals
  • Completion of CPRM Academy required as prerequisite
  • Paid work apprenticeship
  • Entails interview process
  • Includes roughly 140 hours of additional trainings/coursework specific to the job functions of a Peer Recovery Coach
  • Includes 1 year of mentored on-the-job apprenticeship performing the job functions of a Peer Recovery Coach
  • Stipends awarded upon completion of the apprenticeship

Additional Trainings

What is a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor?

A Certified Peer Recovery Mentor (CPRM) is a paraprofessional credential for an individual who works as a peer provider (e.g. Recovery Coach, Certified Peer Specialist, Peer Support Specialist) who assists clients throughout all stages of their recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. An individual with a CPRM uses their skills learned in formal training and their lived experiences of addiction and recovery to deliver services that promote recovery and offer support, guidance, resources, encouragement, and hope.

What do Certified Peer Recovery Mentors/Recovery Coaches do?

The responsibilities of a CPRM/Recovery Coach include:

    • Offering emotional, informational, and instrumental support to the clients as they enter and progress through treatment and recovery
    • Assisting in post-treatment maintenance of recovery by directing the client to appropriate support systems and resources (housing, food, clothing, etc.)
    • Conducting intakes, creating individualized recovery plans with clients, and assessing the client’s progress
    • Helping the client build a recovery network by helping them build social connections & relationships through support groups/meetings and recovery events
    • Minimizing the obstacles to recovery by identifying challenges to and opportunities for long-term recovery
Why become a Certified Peer Recovery Mentor?

Studies show that people who receive peer recovery support services experience:

+ Higher satisfaction with the overall treatment experience
+ Increased treatment retention
+ Greater housing stability
+ More access to social supports
+ Improved relationships with treatment providers
– Reduced substance use
– Decreased rates of relapse
– Less criminal justice involvement
– Lower rates of re-hospitalization
– Less need for and use of emergency services
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