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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
September 1, 2016 WRAP Refresher Region 1 Chicago, IL
September 7, 2016 WRAP Refresher Region 5 Mt. Vernon, IL
September 9, 2016 Keep Hope Alive: Suicide Prevention Conference Crystal Lake, IL
September 15, 2016 Recovery Conference Regions 3 & 4 Springfield, IL
September 16, 2016 WRAP Refresher Region 2 Elgin, IL
September 21, 2016 Youth mental health First Aid (For Teachers/Education Personnel) Hillside, IL
September 22, 2016 Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: Exploring the Possibilities through Creative Expression Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
September 23, 2016 Harm Reduction in the House 2016 Chicago, IL
September 28, 2016 Celebrating Hope Conference Addison, IL
September 30, 2016 McHenry County mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference Crystal Lake, IL
October 7, 2016 Recovery Conference Region 5 Metro East Belleville, IL
October 14-15, 2016 NAMI Illinois Conference Techny, IL
October 15, 2016 Adult Mental Health First Aid Oakbrook, IL
October 22, 2016 Adult Mental Health First Aid Downers Grove, IL
October 27, 2016 Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: Exploring the Possibilities in Our Communities Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
October 27-28, 2016 Illinois StateWide Transition Conference Effingham, IL
November 5, 2016 Youth Mental Health First Aid Oakbrook, IL
November 9, 2016 WRAP Refresher Region 5 Belleville, IL
November 15, 2016 Youth Mental Health First Aid (For Teachers/Education Personnel) Hillside, IL
December 1, 2016 WRAP Refresher Region 1 Chicago, IL
December 13, 2016 WRAP Refresher Regions 3&4 Peoria, IL
December 16, 2016 WRAP Refresher Region 2 Elgin, IL
February 8, 2016 Youth Mental Health First Aid (For Teachers/Education Personnel) Hillside, IL

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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