What is a Certified Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS)?

This article summarizes the role, responsibilities, and ethical guidelines for Recovery Support Peer Specialists in Texas.

In Texas a certified Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS) is a person who uses lived experience in recovery from a substance use disorder*, in addition to skills learned in formal training, to deliver strengths-based, person-centered services to promote a recipient's recovery and resiliency. 

All peer specialist services are recovery-oriented, person-centered, relationship-focused, and trauma-informed.

Peer specialist services may include:

  • Recovery and wellness support - includes providing information on and support with planning for recovery

  • Mentoring - includes serving as a role model and providing assistance in finding needed community resources and services

  • Advocacy - includes providing support in stressful or urgent situations and helping to ensure that the recipient's rights are respected

Services may be provided individually or in a group

Peer support is always voluntary!

*Substance use disorder--A recurrent use of alcohol or drugs that causes clinically and functionally significant impairment, such as health problems, disability, and failure to meet major responsibilities at work, school, or home.

Cited: Texas Health and Human Services Commission Title 1, Part 15, Chapter 354, Subchapter N, Peer Specialist Services.