Peer review is a common practice in many fields to maintain standards of quality, improve performance, and provide credibility. For CAPRSS, it is a reflection of the peer support process that is at the heart of PRSS; peer reviewers provide knowledge, experience, and practical help to others in the field.
The cornerstone of the peer review is the site visit, which confirms and complements the information contained the applicant’s Accreditation Self Study. The purpose of the site visit is to obtain in-depth information concerning all aspects of the PRSS program(s). The site visit permits the Peer Review Team to assess a program’s conformance with the CAPRSS Standards and also the achievement of the program’s own stated mission, goals, and objectives.
Using the peer review approach gives individuals from recovery community organizations with expertise in operating peer support programs another way to be of service to other organizations and to learn from others at the same time. The process has the potential of enhancing the experience of all involved, promoting a community of practice.