September 10-16


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Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement

The NM Behavioral Services Division’s Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement (OPRE) provides training, certification, and support to more than 500 Certified Peer Support Workers (CPSW) in New Mexico. CPSWs are important and influential members of treatment teams, to include judicial settings, medical settings, and treatment settings.

Become a Certified Peer Support Worker

Complete an application ( online  or on a  downloaded application )

  • Be 18 years of age or older and have High School Diploma or GED
  • Have a minimum of 3 years in recovery
  • Complete 40 hours of supervised hours of volunteer or paid work with direct client contact in a behavioral health agency. Click HERE for current approved behavioral health organizations where the prerequisite hours can be completed.
  • Agree to abide by the New Mexico CPSW Code of Ethics
  • Successfully complete the Peer Support Worker training offered through the Office of Peer Recovery and Engagement by State Approved Trainers
  • Complete the certification examination provided through the New Mexico Credentialing Board

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Information for Employers & CPSW Employees

Agencies may apply to be approved as an agency where individuals who wish to become certified Peer Support Workers (CPSWs) are able to earn their prerequisite hours. To apply, click  HERE

OPRE Sponsored Programs

Peer Run Community Wellness Centers

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