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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 use recovery 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 systems of care.

Persons with their CRSS infuse their work environments 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 Mental Health First Aid In person & Virtual
6/29/2022
7/13/2022
7/27/2022
8/10/2022
8/24/2022
Book Study: What Happened to You? Conversations on Trauma, Resilience, and Healing Virtual and In Person Saint Barnabas School 10121 South Longwood Drive Chicago, IL 60643
7/27/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 3 Webex
7/28/2022 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
7/29/2022 Community Mental Health Care for Young Black Women The Crown Family School; Edith Abbott Hall 969 East 60th Street Chicago, IL 60637
7/29/2022 Understanding Clients Living with a Substance Use Disorder and How to Enhance Motivation for Change and Entering Treatment Zoom Webinar
7/29/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 3 Webex
8/1/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 4 Webex
8/3/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 4 Webex
8/5/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 4 Webex
8/15/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 5 Webex
8/16/2022 Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists-Supporting People Navigation “Crisis” Zoom Webinar
8/17/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 5 Webex
8/19/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 5 Webex
8/22/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 6 Webex
8/24/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 6 Webex
8/25/2022 Addressing Racism in the Faith Community Virtual
8/26/2022 SAVE THE DATE: CRSS Competency Training Session 6 Webex
8/29/2022 2022 IABH FALL CONFERENCE Bloomington-Normal Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 201 Broadway Ave. Normal, IL
9/9/2022 SAVE THE DATE: McHenry County Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Recovery Conference McHenry County College
9/19/2022 Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists- Exploring Multiple Pathways to Recovery Zoom Webinar
9/22/2022 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
9/23/2022 Discover Wellness Summit Carl Sandburg College 2400 Tom L. Wilson Blvd. Galesburg, IL
10/10/2022 Church Mental Health Summit Virtual
10/18/2022 Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists- Developing Skills as Professionals Zoom Webinar
11/15/2022 Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists- Understanding and Supporting Mental Health Experiences Zoom Webinar
12/20/2022 Skill Development Series for Peer Recovery Support Specialists- Navigating Ethics and Boundaries Zoom Webinar

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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