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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
April 10, 2015 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Military Sexual Trauma National Guard Armory Building Chicago, IL
April 14 -15 Community Behavioral Health Forum
Hilton Hotel Ambassador Room
700 E. Adams
Springfield, IL
April 17, 2015 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Medicaid Spend-down Training

Registration: Call Jean Xoubi at (708) 974-5150

Metropolitan Family Services
1 North Dearborn, 10th Floor
Chicago, IL

April 23, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Relating to Others” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
April 29, 2015 Illinois State Zero Suicide Workshop Bloomington, IL
April 30, 2015 Statewide Suicide Prevention Conference Bloomington, IL
May 2, 2015 8:00a.m. – 4:00 Ask the Experts: Unanswered Questions about Mood Disorders Evanston Hospital’s Frank Auditorium
2650 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL
May 20, 2015
9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Day State Capitol
Springfield, IL
May 28, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of the Words we Use” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
June 3, 2015
9:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Self-Advocacy IS Empowerment 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 27, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Free Time” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845
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 22, 2015
10:00-11:30 a.m.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: “The Power of Overcoming Adversity” Moderated Teleconference
(866) 233-3845

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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