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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
Various Dates Mental Health First Aid Training Various Locations
July 12, 2018 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 2 Springfield, IL
July 13, 2018
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Updates in Mood Disorders, Psychosis, Co-occurring Substance Abuse, and Suicide Research Crystal Lake, IL
July 13th and 14th, 2018
9:00a.m.-5:00p.m.
Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 2 Governors State University
July 17, 2018 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 2 Mt. Vernon, IL
July 20, 2018
9:00a.m.-12:00p.m.
Raising Awareness of Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adults Crystal Lake, IL
July 26, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: “Opening Up to Who We Are” Moderated Teleconference
800-553-0273
July 31, 2018 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 2 Chicago, IL
August 9, 2018 Region 5 South Recovery Conference “Moving Forward Growing Stronger Each Day” Cartersville, IL
August 14, 2018 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 3 Ethics Mt. Vernon, IL
August 21, 2018 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 3 Ethics Springfield, IL
August 21, 2018 Trauma Informed Services: Contact Donna May at 312-850-9411 Chicago, IL
August 23, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: “Communicating Effectively About Things that Matter to Us” Moderated Teleconference
800-553-0273
August 28, 2018 Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Training Day 3 Ethics Chicago, IL
September 5, 2018 Regions 3&4 Wellness Recovery Action Plan Refresher (WRAP®) Pekin, IL
September 5, 2018 Region 5 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Belleville, IL
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 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 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 25, 2018
10:00-11:00a.m.
Recovery and Empowerment Statewide Call: “Exploring Our Spirituality” Moderated Teleconference
800-553-0273
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 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

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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