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Rehabilitation Programs Division

Peer Recovery Support Services

To encourage offenders to follow a path that will bring many recovery minded individuals to the forefront of supporting others in recovery by providing peer recovery support services.

The focus of the program is to develop qualified Peer Recovery Support Specialists to work within the correctional and community substance use treatment setting.


Select offenders who are on a program facility, who meet specific qualifications, may attend a Peer Recovery Support Services class. The class focuses on recovery issues and how they can help others in recovery utilizing their own experiential knowledge.

When the offender has completed the 46 hour training, they may apply for a Peer Recovery Support Specialist certification through the Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.

After an offender obtains their certification, they may come back to the criminal justice setting as a volunteer or be qualified to work as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist in a community based program.

Texas Recovery Initiative - Criminal Justice Population Resource Guide

The guide was developed to assist individuals who provide Recovery Support Services (RSS) in identifying statewide services for the criminal justice population. The guide assists peer recovery specialists by linking those in recovery to positive recovery services throughout the state of Texas.

If you are a treatment provider and wish to be added to our resource guide - please send an e-mail with all relevant information to: .

For additional resources, the TDCJ Reentry and Integration Division also provides a Reentry Resource Guide, which may be found at:


Andrea Canul – Deputy Director of Substance Use Programs
TDCJ - Rehabilitation Programs Division
PO Box 99
Huntsville, TX 77342
Phone: (936) 437-2854
Fax: (936) 437-7077