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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

CRSS CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS (CEUs)

Date Event Location
Ongoing Online Recovery Academy and CRSS Library Online
Various Dates Mental Health First Aid Training Various Locations
June 4, 2019 Region 4 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Springfield, IL
June 5, 2019 Region 5 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP® ) Refresher Mt. Vernon, IL
June 5, 2019 Region 3 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP® ) Refresher Pekin, IL
June 6, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Day 1 Mt. Vernon, IL
June 9, 2019 Integrating Mental and Physical Health Evanston, IL
June 13, 2019 Region 1 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP® ) Refresher Chicago, IL
June 14, 2019 Region 2 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP® ) Refresher Elgin, IL
June 18, 2019 K9 Comfort Dog Ministry Wheaton, IL
June 18, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Day 1 Springfield, IL
June 25, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Day 1 Chicago, IL
June 27, 2019 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
June 28, 2019 ICPG 9th Annual Illinois State Conference Mt. Vernon, IL
July 9, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Day 2 Mt. Vernon, IL
July 12-14, 2019 Refuge Recovery International Conference Chicago, IL
July 16, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Day 2 Springfield, IL
July 23, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Day 2 Chicago, IL
July 25, 2019 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
August 13, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Ethics – Day 3 Mt. Vernon, IL
August 13, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Ethics – Day 3 Springfield, IL
August 20, 2019 CRSS Competency Training – Ethics – Day 3 Chicago, IL
August 20, 2019 Humor and Recovery Wheaton, IL
August 22, 2019 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
August 23, 2019 ICPG 9th Annual Illinois State Conference Chicago, IL
September 3, 2019 Region 4 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Springfield, IL
September 4, 2019 Region 3 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Pekin, IL
September 4, 2019 Region 5 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Belleville, IL
September 12, 2019 Region 1 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Chicago, IL
September 13, 2019 Region 2 Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP®) Refresher Elgin, IL
September 20-22, 2019 2019 SMART Recovery Annual Conference Chicago, IL
September 26, 2019 Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Call Teleconference
October 15, 2019 Suicide Prevention: Important Things to Know Wheaton, 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 19, 2019 Stress Relief for the Holidays Wheaton, 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 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

EFFECTIVE UTILIZATION OF CRSS PROFESSIONALS
(Provider Training Series)

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