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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


Date Event Location
Various Dates Mental Health First Aid Training Various Locations
Tuesdays & Thursdays
2021 Illinois Evidence-Based Practices Virtual Conference Series WebEx
8/5/2021-8/7/2021 Haymarket Center’s 26th Annual Summer Institute on Addictions Virtual
8/12/2021 ACE Interface Training Zoom
8/16/2021 CRSS Competency Training: Session 5, Option a.m. WebEx
8/17/2021- 8/18/2021 Recovery Ready Workplaces: Sessions 1 and 2 Zoom
8/18/2021 CRSS Competency Training: Session 5, Option p.m. WebEx
8/20/2021 CRSS Competency Training: Session 5, Option a.m. WebEx
8/23/2021 CRSS Competency Training: Session 6, Option a.m. WebEx
8/25/2021 CRSS Competency Training: Session 6, Option p.m. WebEx
8/26/2021 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: Linking Our Physical and Mental Health Teleconference
8/27/2021 CRSS Competency Training: Session 6, Option a.m. WebEx
9/10/2021 McHenry County Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Recovery Conference Zoom
9/23/2021 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: We Are the Experts on Ourselves Teleconference
10/28/2021 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call: Spirituality is More Than Religion Teleconference
10/28/2021-10/30/2021 NAADAC 2021 Annual Conference Virtual
11/04/2021-11/05/2021 Illinois Statewide Transition Conference East Peoria, 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

(Provider Training Series)

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