Volume II, Issue XII - June 2021 Newsletter


David T. Jones, Director

Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery

SUPR Staffing Update

It is with mixed emotions that we announce the resignation of SUPR Chief of Staff, Danielle (Dani) Kirby, effective June 1, 2021.

We will miss her presence and contributions tremendously. Dani has been an asset to the Department and Division for many years.

Please join us in wishing Dani the very best in her future endeavors. We appreciate all her work and dedication to IDHS/SUPR!

Stay tuned for an announcement about SUPR's future Chief of Staff.

Free Mutual Aid Group

Frontline staff are facing unprecedented stressors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Join Advocates for Human Potential for a free mutual aid group to share experiences, feel supported and get resources. When:  Tuesdays at 12pm (CT)

Supporting Family Webinar

According to the Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), research supports that substance use disorder (SUD) treatment is reinforced when families are involved in the treatment process. As the SUD field strives to improve family involvement in treatment services, creating therapeutic alliances with the family can be a challenge.

The Illinois Family Resource Center will be hosting a Supporting the Family Webinar on June 16, 2021, 1-2:00pm CST.

Gambling Trainings

Helping Problem Gamblers Cultivate Stress Coping Strategies:  The next gambling webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 12:00pm CST.

Missed a Past Webinar?

If you missed any of our monthly webinars during SFY 2021 or earlier, you can access our archived webinars and view at your own pace. Please visit past webinars.

*Please note that CEU's are NOT available for past webinars.

FY 2021 Final Payment and Data Submission

A reminder that the FY 2021 final submission due date for billing all non-Medicaid Division of Substance Use Prevention and Recovery (SUPR) funded services is August 2, 2021 by 5:00 PM. It is critically important that DARTS or manual billing errors be resolved when they occur as delays in billing reconciliation from the vendor that result in non-accepted or late submissions will not be eligible for payment through the court of claims.

Please see the Smart Alert that was sent in February for additional important details.

DMH Certified Recovery Support Specialist/Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Trainings

The Illinois Department of Human Services/Division of Mental Health will be hosting six equivalent virtual training opportunities. These trainings will be offered as six half day trainings and each session will be offered three different days and times during the week to allow participants to select the most convenient time to attend. Sessions 1-4 focus on Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) Core Domains and Sessions 5-6 focus on the CRSS Ethics.

CEU's will be provided within one month following the last training date for each session. Individuals will receive the CEU hours based on their actual attendance and participation in the training (WebEx automates this data). Please note that pre-registration is REQUIRED.

Who Should Attend?

  • CRSS and CPRS professionals who wish to increase their skills
  • Individuals interested in pursuing either the CRSS or CPRS credential
  • Supervisors of peer recovery support specialists and other CRSS or CPRS staff

Please register for only one session in each section. To register, click on the training date and time below you wish to attend.

Session 1:  June 21 (AM), June 23 (PM), June 25 (AM)

  • CRSS Overview
  • Problem Solving: Finding Solutions

Session 2:  June 28 (AM), June 30 (PM), July 2 (AM)

  • Role Modeling and WRAP
  • CRSS Panel

**Remaining session dates will be included in future Newsletters

AM Sessions will be held 9:00am-12:00pm

PM Sessions will be held 1:00pm-4:00pm

For more information about future CPRS/CRSS trainings or ways these credentials can be used in substance use, please contact Kim Sriner (Kimberly.Sriner@illinois.gov).

COVID-19 Exceptions

A gentle reminder that COVID-19 exceptions are still in effect and have no expiration date at this time. Services delivered through Telehealth are still acceptable.

Please review the Provider Notice from the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) dated March 20, 2020, "Telehealth Services Expansion Prompted by COVID-19".

IDHS/SUPR has also sent several communications regarding this exception

Recovery Residences Registry

The IDHS/SUPR Recovery Residence Registry has been moved to Illinois Helpline for Opioids and Other Substances  to streamline searches, rather than looking in a separate place for recovery residence information. Information in the registry helps IDHS/SUPR better understand recovery residences' capacity and support for Medication Assisted Recovery. If you partner with a residence that is not listed, please invite them to register and/or contact Kimberly.Sriner@illinois.gov to list the organization.

Overdose Response Funding Updates

SUPR publishes a monthly report summarizing funded projects in response to the overdose crisis. We invite you to review the report .

Smart Alerts and Other Communications

DHS Coronavirus


The health, safety and well-being of all those we serve are amongst our highest priorities. Please visit the State of Illinois Coronavirus Response.

Summary of SUPR Resources During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Smart Alerts

SUPR COVID-19 Communications