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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 12. Health
Agency 35. Department of Behavioral Health And Developmental Services
Chapter 250. Peer Recovery Specialists

12VAC35-250-50. Curriculum requirements.

A. Unless the exception in 12VAC35-250-30 B is met, any person seeking to be a peer recovery specialist under this chapter shall complete the DBHDS peer recovery specialist training.

B. The curriculum of the peer recovery specialist training shall include training on the following topics:

1. The current body of mental health and substance abuse knowledge;

2. The recovery process;

3. Promoting services, supports, and strategies for recovery;

4. Peer-to-peer services;

5. Crisis intervention;

6. The value of the role of a peer recovery specialist;

7. Basic principles related to health and wellness;

8. Recovery, resiliency, and wellness plans;

9. Stage-appropriate pathways in recovery support;

10. Ethics and ethical boundaries;

11. Cultural sensitivity and practice;

12. Trauma and its impact on recovery;

13. Community resources; and

14. Delivering peer services within agencies and organizations.

Statutory Authority

§§ 37.2-203 and 37.2-304  of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 35, Issue 12, eff. March 6, 2019.

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