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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 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 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


Date Event Location
Ongoing Online Recovery Academy and CRSS Library Online
Various Dates Mental Health First Aid Training Various Locations
October 4, 2019 Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Counseling Transgender Individuals and Those Who Defy the Gender Binary Crystal Lake, IL
October 15, 2019 Suicide Prevention: Important Things to Know Wheaton, IL
October 18, 2019 Trauma Informed Care Part 2: NOW WHAT? Crystal Lake, IL
October 18-19, 2019 NAMI Illinois Conference Northbrook, IL
October 22-25, 2019 2019 Illinois & Missouri Behavioral Health Conference St. Louis, MO
October 24, 2019 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
November 1, 2019 “Moving Out of Your Comfort Zone”: Continuing Cultural Competence Crystal Lake, IL
November 8, 2019 Understanding Substance Use Disorders: Trends, Best Practice, and Treatment Crystal Lake, IL
November 19, 2019 Stress Relief for the Holidays Wheaton, IL
November 22, 2019 Improving Our Spiritual Wellbeing Crystal Lake, IL
December 3, 2019 Region 4 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Springfield, IL
December 4, 2019 Region 3 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Pekin, IL
December 4, 2019 Region 5 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Mt. Vernon, IL
December 6, 2019 Evaluating Risk to Self and Others: Tools for Mental Health Providers Crystal Lake, IL
December 12, 2019 Region 1 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Chicago, IL
December 13, 2019 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

(Provider Training Series)

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