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Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Credential

The Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) is a credential for those who provide mental health or co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse peer support to others. A person with the CRSS credential uses unique insights gained through personal recovery experience.

The CRSS credential assures competence in advocacy, professional responsibility, mentoring, and recovery support. Persons with the CRSS credential are employed specifically to use their personal recovery experiences to facilitate and support the recoveries of others and to help shape the mental health system.

Persons with their CRSS infuse the mental health system with hope and empowerment, and improve opportunities for others to:

  • Develop hope for recovery.
  • Increase problem solving skills.
  • Develop natural support networks.
  • Participate fully in life in the community.

Illinois Model for Mental Health Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS)

CRSS Application

CRSS Study Guide

Frequently Asked Questions

CRSS CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)

Date Event Location

March 26, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Justice” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
April 23, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Relating to Others” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
April 29, 2015 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference Bloomington, IL
May 20, 2015
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Day State Capitol
Springfield, IL
May 28, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of the Words we Use” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
June 11, 2015
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Recovery: Keeping it Real Conference James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, IL
June 18-19, 2015
9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
CRSS Faith Community Training Dept. of Ag Bldg
Springfield, IL
June 25, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Me Well” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
July 23, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Natural Supports” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
August 27, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Free Time” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
September 24, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Family” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
October 22, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Overcoming Adversity” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845

Employing Persons with the CRSS Credential [Brochure]

Mental Health Consumer Providers A Guide for Clinical Staff

Minimum Competency Standards for CRSS Professionals

Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Credential Process

The Successful Employment of Consumers in the Public Mental Health Workforce

Recovery Through An Integrated Workforce

Oh NO! We've Hired Consumers!!! (Personnel Policies & Practices...)

Effectiveness of Peer Support in Reducing Multiple Psychiatric Hospitalizations

Recovery Support Services Resource Handbook

Financing Recovery Support Services

EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF CRSS PROFESSIONALS
(Provider Training Series)

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