The CAPRSS Promise

We commit to provide asset-based accreditation (TM) that is (1) based on recovery principles;  (2) fair, balanced, contemporary, and focused on the “real world”;  (3) inclusive of information and data from peers, leadership, and the recovery community served;  (4) respectful and authentic; (5) designed around organizational function and mission;  and (6) based on strengths, opportunities for improvement, and emerging evidence-based practices.

The Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services (CAPRSS) is the only accrediting body in the US for recovery community organizations (RCOs) and other programs offering addiction peer recovery support services (PRSS).  CAPRSS offers a recovery-oriented accreditation program that:

  • helps emerging and established peer programs to build capacity;
  • improves the performance of organizations and programs providing peer services by setting and measuring the achievement of standards; and
  • increases accountability of peer services providers to funders, the public, and the field.

CAPRSS is the culmination of years of work by recovery community advocates and allies, who work every day to secure, promote and provide pathways to long-term recovery for millions of Americans, their families and their communities.

Our Mission

Identify and support excellence in the delivery of peer recovery support services and other activities by recovery community organizations (RCOs) and qualifying programs.

Our Staff and Lead Consultants

Elizabeth Burden, consultant, has 25 years experience leading diverse for-profit and non-profit organizations, in positions ranging from managing editor of community newspaper, director of education and training of a statewide AIDS project, and executive director of community center. She has provided consulting services in the areas of organizational development, strategic planning, program planning and development, curriculum development, facilitation, grant writing and fund development, staff and volunteer development, and media relations and marketing, under the aegis of several fedeal agencies, including the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment.

Joseph Sanchez, PRS, Accreditation Coordinator, is a Peer Recovery Support Specialist and has worked in the Peer Recovery Support Services field since the commencement of his own personal recovery, over 11 years ago. Finding his passion in facilitating recovery-based solutions; Joseph began training other recovery coaches. He has helped to train organizations and individuals from Las Vegas, Colorado, Kentucky, and of course his home state - Texas.  In addition to his work within the recovery community, Joseph is committed to reaching out to the LGBT community in an effort to help eliminate homophobia and heterosexism. His courage lending a positive face and voice for individuals living with HIV & AIDS, Joseph has tested HIV positive since 2003.  He has recently acted as a subject matter expert for the Altarum, Center for Social Innovation and the SAMHSA BRSS TACS as well as assisting in helping to create statewide and national standards around Peer Recovery Support Services. A passionate and positive advocate for recovery, Joseph’s personal mission statement is, “To Inspire Positive Thinking and Forward Movement through Motivation, Education, and Empowerment” 

Thomas Zastowny, PhD, consultant, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and Health care consultant with over 20 years of experience and expertise in performance improvement, outcome measurement and assessment, program design and evaluation of health care systems, and statistics and treatment planning. His affiliations include: the University of Rochester Medical Center, The Joint Commission (TJC-JCAHO), the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, CARF, CMS, and NIATx-Network for the Improvement of Addictions Treatment. He currently is completing several grants, teaching and involved in wide range of consultation activity. He has a PhD and MA in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester, an MA in Sociology and Healthcare from the University of Rochester and a BA in Social Work, Sociology, and Fine Arts from SUC at Brockport.