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Illinois Department of Human Services/ Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse seeks to develop a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC) to ensure that an appropriate mix of substance use disorder services and recovery supports for youth, adults and families is available and accessible throughout the state. Moving from the current acute care model to a chronic care approach requires the entire system to embrace a recovery management approach to support those affected by substance use disorders (SUDs) and to expand the current continuum of care.

IDHS/DASA participated in a Policy Academy with several partners to develop a shared vision and settle on some preliminary goals. Representatives were from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) Illinois Department of Human Services/ Division of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse (DASA) and Division of Mental Health (DMH), Gift of Voice, the Illinois Certification Board (ICB), Governors State University, the Illinois Family Resource Center, Recovery Education for Families, and the Illinois Association of Extended Care. This group includes several persons with lived experience and involved consultants who have helped design ROSCs in other states. After the Policy Academy, this group formed a Steering Committee to guide the process presenting these ideas for feedback throughout the state in order to build consensus around the ROSC concept in Illinois.

Several opportunities are available for stakeholders to get involved and will be posted here. If you are interested in participating in development of the Illinois ROSC, please contact Carolyn Hartfield at Carolyn.Hartfield@illinois.gov

What is Recovery?

  • A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self-directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. (SAMHSA working definition)
  • Recovery from alcohol and drug problems is a process of change through which an individual achieves abstinence and improved health, wellness, and quality of life. (ATR Approaches to ROSC)

Vision

  • People can and do recover
  • Individuals and families determine the supports and services they need.
  • Services and supports are continuous, cohesive across different phases of care and are coordinated across the various agencies involved in their delivery.
  • Support of recovery is a community responsibility and value.
  • There is inherent flexibility in the system so it can be responsive to different pathways to recovery.
  • Measuring quality and outcomes is a system priority.

Values

  • Recognize the right of a person to direct their own recovery and that there are many models of, and paths to, recovery
  • Operate with integrity and a sense of personal responsibility
  • Include the "voice" of peers, family members, and the community in planning and decision-making
  • Implement programs with competency and good stewardship
  • Empower individuals and families
  • Embrace cultural diversity

Goals

  • Building a culture that builds and nurtures recovery
  • Building capacity and infrastructure to support a recovery-oriented system of care
  • Developing commitment to implement and sustain a recovery-oriented system of care

These goals are expanded upon in the Illinois ROSC Action Plan (pdf) and the March 2018 ROSC Summit (pdf).

ROSC Concept Paper

This ROSC Concept Paper (pdf) is a working document, provided by IDHS/DASA to reflect current progress toward a recovery-oriented system of care (ROSC), and is subject to change.

Professional Certification:

The table below shows credentialing information for Recovery Support Professionals. For more information, including how to apply, visit the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, and click on "Credentialing/Credentialing Forms" at the top. (PDF)

Board Certification Level Degree Hours of Training/Education Supervised Practical Experience Work Experience Required Examination
Certified Peer Recovery Specialist- Individuals in recovery from Substance Use Disorder whose experiences allow them to provide recovery support in such a way that will benefit others. High School/ GED

100 Clock Hours, total

40 hours* CPRS Specific

16 hours Professional Ethics and Responsibility

44 hours Core Functions (Must include 5 hours specific to family and 5 hours specific to youth)

100 clock hours of supervision received in the CPRS Domains

2000 hours

(One Year)

Successful score on the IC&RC Peer Recovery Examination
Certified Recovery Support Specialist- A certified professional who utilizes their own personal experience with Recovery in the fields of mental health, rehabilitation and co-occurring disorders (Mental Illness/Substance Abuse). High School/ GED

100 Clock Hours, total

40 hours* CRRS Specific

16 hours Professional Ethics and Responsibility

54 hours Core Functions

100 clock hours of supervision received in the CRSS Domains

2000 hours

(One Year)

Successful score on the CRSS Examination
National Certified Recovery Specialist- A professional in an extended care facility (e.g. Recovery Home) with proven experience in long term recovery, recovery support systems and sober living skills.

1000 hours of work experience or

2000 hours of volunteer experience

75 Hours 60 Hours Successful score on the NCRS Examination

Recovery Home & Oxford House Directory

Resources

William White Papers

Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Board

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration- Overview of Recovery and Recovery Support

Recovery Coach Training Program at Governors State University

SAMHSA- Peer Recovery Services (pdf)