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

Reference Form


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 ($335/participant for training and certification, or $250/participant for training only) to the following address:

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

3201 Stellhorn Road

Suite C101

Fort Wayne IN 46815

Pay Online – Nonrefundable $35 Application Fee
Pay Online – Training and Certification Fee

Next Steps

Phone Interview: As soon as all documentation and payment is received, you will be contacted to set up a phone interview within five business days of submitting your application. 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.