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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


Date Event Location
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

(Provider Training Series)

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