High school diploma, GED, or higher degree.
100 clock hours of training, which is accumulated by the individual.
All training must be accompanied by appropriate documentation to count towards the CRSS application. Copies of certificates of attendance and transcripts, etc. are required.
There is no time limit on how far back the training could be acquired previous to the application as long as the applicant has documentation.
40 hours (minimum) must be CRSS specific to Performance Domains: Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Mentoring and Recovery Support
6 hours (minimum) must be Professional Ethics and Responsibility
Up to 54 hours can be Core Functions training.
Trainings can be CRSS-I (CRSS Specific Performance Domains)
or CRSS-II (relevant to the Core Functions or 'typical duties' of a CRSS).
Agreement to disclose personal experience as a consumer of mental health or dual diagnosis services, demonstrated by signature of the CRSS Statement of Disclosure.
2000 hours work experience
through any combination of paid, supervised employment AND/OR supervised volunteer service AND/OR supervised internship.
These work experience hours must be in a position where the applicant spends at least 51% of their time providing recovery support services, as evidenced by the position description.
100 hours of Documented Supervision from a work, volunteer, or internship experience that was maintained for at least 1 year. Documentation of supervision must cover the performance domains.
Only if the certification is placed on inactive status.
Yes, Illinois Certification Board
Any training or educational opportunity may be considered relevant if it covers information on the Performance Domains or Core Functions of the CRSS.
Any training that is specific to the Performance Domains or Relevant to the core functions of a CRSS may count towards the 100 hours of training required.
Illinois Department of Human Services/Department of Mental Health offers some specific trainings, however these are not required:
CRSS Fundamentals Training is 1 day, on site, and held once a year in Chicago, Springfield, and Mount Vernon.
CRSS Competency Training is held once a year in Chicago, Springfield, and Mount Vernon. CRSS Competency Training is a 3 day, on site training.
Recovery & Empowerment Statewide Calls are held once a month via telephone conference for 1 hour.
Forty (40) continuing education units (CEUs) are required to maintain board certification, and must be earned within the two-year certification period. An average of 20 CEUs should be obtained each year. CEUs are not transferable to any other certification period. CEUs earned prior to initial certification are not eligible to be used for maintaining certification. The CRSS professional may receive CEU credit only once for a training event, even if repeated during different certification periods. A CEU is equivalent to one clock hour.
All 40 CEU’s required to maintain certification must be recognized by ICB or petitioned for ICB approval. Continuing education is broken down into two categories. Some continuing education may be recognized by the ICB for both categories.
Category I - Minimum 15 CEUs of education specific to knowledge and skills related to mental health recovery and the role of peer support in the recovery process
** Examples of Category I education are: Advocacy, Professional Responsibility, Mentoring and Recovery Support
Category II - Minimum 25 CEUs of education specific to knowledge and skills related to the Core Functions of CRSS professionals, but do not have to be specific to mental health recovery and peer support. This education covers support services skills, competencies, and knowledge base.
The supervisor does not need to have ICB certification but they must be knowledgeable in the CRSS domains.
CRSS - E
This endorsement attests to their competency as a CRSS professional who also has specialized supported employment skills and training -- Dartmouth Individual Placement and Support (IPS) Supported Employment Practitioner Skills Training.
CPRS: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist
CPRS-E: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist - Employment Endorsement
Certified Family Partnership Professional (CFPP)
Illinois Behavioral Health Transformation (Section 1115(a)(2) demonstration).
NAMI Illinois Alliance of Peer Professionals
Contact: Becky Brasfield
email: [email protected]
CRSS professionals in good standing unable to meet the continuing education requirements for certification maintenance due to health or extenuating personal reasons may place their certification on inactive status. Inactive status allows CRSS professionals to prevent expiration of their certification, thus avoiding the full reapplication process. Inactive status will be made available to CRSS professionals who are in good standing with ICB, who expect to be inactive for more than two years, and who are unable to meet the requirements for certification maintenance. The process for reactivation from inactive status will then be followed when they wish to activate their certification.