What is an endorsement?

    If you are a current Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) and are in recovery from a substance use or gambling addiction, then you are eligible for a special endorsement. You will receive specialized training through an online course that will enable you to more effectively help people working towards recovery from a substance use or gambling addiction. In order to be eligible for these special endorsements, you must have relevant lived experience. These endorsements can provide a CRS with unique opportunities and open the door to career advancement. Upon the successful completion of an online course and exam, you can earn the designation of Indiana Community Health Worker/Certified Recovery Specialist – Substance Abuse (CHW/CRS-SA) or Indiana Community Health Worker/Certified Recovery Specialist – Gambling Addiction (CHW/CRS-GA).

Endorsement Process

Please scroll down to submit your application documents and pay the endorsement fee ($50.00). After your application and payment are received and approved, you will:

  • Receive instructions via email on how to access the online endorsement course
  • Complete the Substance Abuse or Gambling Addiction online course
  • Take a two-part exam

You will need:

  • A computer
  • Access to the internet

To apply for an endorsement, complete and submit the following application, additional document, and endorsement fee:


Substance Abuse/Gambling Addiction Endorsement

Online Application
Download Application


Additional Documents

For CRS-SA, please complete and submit the Attestation of Qualification Form

For CRS-GA, please complete and submit the South Oaks Gambling Screen

Attestation of Qualification
South Oaks Gambling Screen


 Endorsement Fee

A nonrefundable fee of $50 is due at time of application. You may submit your payment online (service fee applies) or you can mail a check or money order to the following address:

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

3201 Stellhorn Road, Suite C101

Fort Wayne, IN 46815

Substance Abuse Endorsement Fee
Gambling Addiction Endorsement Fee