The Kansas Coalition of Prevention Programs and Services, Inc. (DBA: The Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas) has been an active board member of the International Certification and Reciprocity Consortium (IC&RC) and the certifying body for prevention professionals in Kansas since 2001.
The Regional Prevention Centers of Kansas recognized the existing wealth of prevention expertise in its own state and the need for a standardized level of competency among those working in substance abuse prevention in Kansas. A pilot group of Regional Prevention Center staff and directors were selected to study and test for IC&RC certification through Missouri/IC&RC in 2000. Acknowledging the need for a standardized level of competency and a process in which to assess that, the Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas worked with IC&RC to establish a certification process in Kansas. Kansas/IC&RC Prevention Certification became available in 2001. Reciprocity with Missouri also occurred that year.
Kansas has 3 levels of certification. Level I Certified Prevention Technicians (CPT), which meets the IC&RC minimum criteria for competence; Level II Certified Prevention Specialists (CPS) and Level III Certified Prevention Professionals (CPP) which both exceed the minimum criteria established by IC&RC. The evolutionary step for Kansas was to create graduated levels of certification that each required a more comprehensive set of knowledge, skills and attributes. This evolution has been an investment to ensure that prevention efforts in Kansas are being led by persons who are highly competent and well-trained professionals.
The Regional Prevention Center Association of Kansas is proud of the integrity and credibility that certified prevention staff provide to the prevention network in Kansas.