The peer reviewer is an external consultant to CAPRSS who has expertise in peer recovery support services, addiction recovery, and/or management of service organizations. Peer reviewers are responsible for evaluating an organization’s conformance with the CAPRSS standards for excellence; they ensure that each candidate receives an objective, impartial, and fair initial peer review. We believe that using a peer review process reflects the nature of the programs that we accredit and the work that they do.
Peer Reviewers do not decide if an organization is accredited or not. Rather, the Peer Reviewer’s role is to be CAPRSS’ “eyes and ears.” They are fact-finders who rate according to what they actually find on site.
You have been selected to be a member of the Peer Review Team because you have valuable subject matter expertise. You also have demonstrated skills in communication and organizing, which are key to the role, as are skills in asking questions with respect and diplomacy, using an asset-based and strengths-based approach, and maintaining a consultative rather than a directive attitude.