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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.

CRSS Provider Workbook

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
Ongoing Online Recovery Academy and CRSS Library Online
Various Dates Mental Health First Aid Training Various Locations
September 12, 2018 Region 3 and 4 Recovery Conference “Roadmap to Recovery” Springfield, IL
September 13, 2018 Region 1 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Chicago, IL
September 14, 2018 Region 2 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Elgin, IL
September 14, 2018 Suicide Prevention, Mental Health Wellness & Recovery Conference Crystal Lake, IL
September 14, 2018 Getting Up to Speed: The Latest on Drugs & Trends Warrenville, IL
September 17, 2018 Region 4 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Springfield, IL
September 18, 2018 Engaging Families in the Recovery Process: Contact Donna May at 312-850-9411 Chicago, IL
September 19, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Creating Safe Spaces: Models for Mental Health Support Groups in Faith Communities Elmhurst, IL
September 27, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: “Finding Hope Within” Moderated Teleconference
800-553-0273
October 5, 2018 Region 5 Metro East Recovery Conference “Breaking Free to Be Me!” Belleville, IL
October 10, 2018 Region 1 Recovery Conference “Resilience is Recovery” Chicago, IL
October 12-13, 2018 NAMI Illinois Conference: Creating a Community of Support Northbrook, IL
October 17-19, 2018 Gateway to Gold: Setting the Standard National Crisis Center Conference St. Louis, MO
October 25, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: “Exploring Our Spirituality” Moderated Teleconference
800-553-0273
October 25-26, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Courage, Resilience, Healing: A Shared Commitment to Children Springfield, IL
October 26-28, 2018 Recovery International Conference Chicago, IL
November 20, 2018 Homelessness, Housing First and Harm Reduction: Contact Donna May at 312-850-9411 Chicago, IL
December 4, 2018 Region 3 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Springfield, IL
December 5, 2018 Region 4 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Springfield, IL
December 5, 2018 Region 5 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Mt. Vernon, IL
December 10-11, 2018 Community Behavioral Healthcare Association Annual Conference Schaumburg, IL
December 13, 2018 Region 1 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Chicago, IL
December 14, 2018 Region 2 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Elgin, IL
March 6-7, 2019 The Opioid Crisis: Strategies for Treatment and Recovery Chicago, IL

Additional opportunities to obtain continuing education units (CEUs) may be available through the Illinois Certification Board

Employing Persons wih the CRSS Credential [Brochure]

Minimum Competency Standards for CRSS Professionals

Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Credential Process

Recovery Through An Integrated Workforce

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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