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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
June 3, 2015
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Self-Advocacy IS Empowerment Region 1 Recovery Conference James R. Thompson Center Auditorium (down stairs by food court)
100 W. Randolph, 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 7 and August 18, 2015 2015 CRSS Competency Training, South Mt. Vernon Airport
Mt. Vernon, IL
July 14 and August 24, 2015 2015 CRSS Competency Training, Central IL State Fair Grounds
Department of Agriculture
Springfield, IL
July 23, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Natural Supports” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
July 28 and September 1, 2015 2015 CRSS Competency Training, North Thompson Center
Chicago, IL
August 6, 2015 2015 Recovery Conference, Region 5 - Southern Herrin Civic Center
Herrin, IL
August 27, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Free Time” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
September 16, 2015 2015 Recovery Conference, Regions 3 & 4 Five Points
Washington, IL
September 24, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Family” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
September 25-27, 2015 DBSA I To We Weekend Itasca, IL
October 2015 NAMI DuPage Peer Specialist Training NAMI DuPage Office,
Wheaton, IL
October 2, 2015 2015 Recovery Conference, Region 5 Metro East The National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows
Bellville, IL
October 22, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Overcoming Adversity” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
November 19, 2015 2015 Recovery Conference, Region 2 (West) Giovanni’s
Rockford, Il
November 20, 2015 2015 Recovery Conference, Region 2 (East) Elgin Community College
Elgin, 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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