Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) Certification


Important Notice!

Beginning October 1, 2022, the Bureau for Medical Services (BMS) will require the West Virginia Certification Board for Addiction & Prevention Professionals (WVCBAPP) Peer Recovery certification as credentials for all existing and new PRSS to be reimbursed for PRSS services. BMS will terminate its own certification process on September 30, 2022 and only those individuals possessing the WVCBAPP’s Peer Recovery certification on October 1, 2022 will be eligible for reimbursement. BMS is providing this two-year period to assist those individuals having a BMS certification to transition to the WVCBAPP certification.  Additional information for PRSS service can be found in Chapter 504 Substance use Disorder Services under section 504.15.1

Information regarding the WVCBAPP certification can be found at  

Furthermore, future PRSS must obtain a National Provider Identifier (NPI) and current PRSS must obtain an NPI by August 1, 2022.The Taxonomy Code for a PRSS is 17500000X. the description can be found on the NPI Peer Specialist webpage. For additional information on obtaining an NPI, please visit the CMS NPI Webpage​​.
Documentation for the BMS PRSS include the following:
• Application;
• Attestation letter;
• Completed certification with an 80% or higher score; a
• At least three reference letters

BMS certification can be found following the Public Learning management System in the link below. All documentations are to be kept on file with you employing Licensed Behavioral health Center (LBHC) or Community Behavioral Health Center. Please doe not sent documents to BMS unless you are getting approval for a certification you acquire prior to July 1, 2018.

Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certification Application
Public Learning Management System (LMS) Course Enrollment Instructions
WV LMS Public Learning Center
PRSS/Member Documentation Form
Chapter 504 Substance Use Disorder Service





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