The role of the CRS (Certified Recovery Specialist)
This classification is to recognize the work done by recovering individuals in the community on a peer to peer basis. The primary function of the CRS is to help individuals gain access to needed resources in the community by assisting them in overcoming barriers and helping them bridge gaps between their needs and available resources. This means the CRS will serve as “recovery coach”, helping individuals and families connect with needed services including addiction and mental health treatment services, and assisting them in acquiring resources that will facilitate their recovery. The CRS will “coach” service recipients to help them develop a strong foundation in recovery (i.e., establishing support systems, self-care, independence/self sufficiency, healthy coping skills and other skills) that support long-term recovery.