Thank you for visiting Peer Network Indiana, and your interest in peer support. 

Applications for DMHA Sponsored Trainings are currently closed.

For organizations interested in requesting training, please submit a training request form.

For individuals interested in unsponsored training opportunities, please email:

Who is Eligible?

You will need to meet the following requirements to be eligible for the CRS certification:

  • 18 years or older
  • have lived experiences receiving mental health or substance use treatment
  • have been in recovery for at least one year
  • have a high school diploma or equivalent

Individuals meeting the eligibility criteria must complete and submit the following documentation for certification:


Certified Recovery
Specialist Application


Two Reference Forms


Training and Certification Fees

If attending a training funded by DMHA, a nonrefundable fee of $35 is due at time of application. If attending any other training, training and certification fees are due at time of application.

Note: If attending a training not funded by DMHA, you do not need to pay the nonrefundable $35 application fee separately. This fee is included in the training and certification fees listed on the training schedule.

You may submit your payment online below or you can mail a check ($400/participant for training and certification) to the following address:

Mental Health America of Northeast Indiana
ATTN: CHW/CRS Coordinator

3201 Stellhorn Road

Suite C101

Fort Wayne IN 46815

A note about DMHA Sponsored CHW/CRS Trainings:

Please be advised that the demand for these trainings is always particularly high in relation to the additional trainings we offer throughout the year and, as a result, we always receive a large volume of applications. Since limited space is available for these trainings, applicants not selected are added to a waitlist for future sponsored trainings. As the waitlist continues to grow and we receive more applications than can be accommodated, we have found that some applicants have been required to remain on the waitlist for up to six months or more.  

We at MHANI are aware that this process can often be frustrating, but also felt it was our responsibility to keep the public informed and apprised of the situation should you still choose to continue to apply for a sponsored training.

Next Steps

Phone Interview: When all documentation and payment is received, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview within 30 days of the start of training. Please note, that if you are applying for a DMHA Sponsored Training, MHANI will not contact you for a phone interview prior to the review committee meeting (See DMHA Application process on Training Schedule page).  Shortly thereafter, you will be notified by a MHANI representative of your application status and CRS training enrollment date/location. Please note, MHANI will be planning CRS trainings throughout the entire state of Indiana; you will be asked to specify your desired region at time of application. We will do our best to accommodate your location needs/requests.