CRSS Success Program

The CRSS Success Program is a grant-funded program operated through designated post-secondary educational institutions in Illinois.

The CRSS Success Program is designed to support students with lived experience of mental health or substance use recovery to successfully complete all requirements necessary to obtain either the Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) or Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and enter the behavioral health workforce.

The program will also provide support for students to overcome practical barriers to success, such as childcare and transportation, during the time of program completion.

Interested students can apply for the program at the following colleges and universities:

Chicago Area:

Governor's State University (South Suburban Chicago)

Cheryl Mejta 

Nancy Burley 

(708) 534-4911

(708) 534-4387

Illinois Institute of Technology (South Loop/Near South) Karyn Stovall 
(312) 567-5026
Malcolm X College (Near West Side) Veronica Sek 
(312) 850-7255
Rincon/New Hope School of Counseling (Irving Park) Kimberly Skoczelas
(773) 564-9700
University of St. Francis (Joliet) Larry Dunbar 
(815) 740-3686

Northern Illinois:

College of DuPage (Glen Ellyn)

Jason Florin 

Andrea Polites 

(630) 942-2043

(630) 942-2103

Elgin Community College (Elgin)

Joe Rosenfeld

 Kristina Garcia 

(847) 214-7345

(847) 214-7805

Northern Illinois University (DeKalb) Paul Priester 
(815) 753-5198
SIU School of Medicine (Dixon)

Kitty Juul

Lori Williams

(217) 545-7983

Central Illinois:

Heartland Community College (Normal)

Kelly Pyle

(309) 268-8755

Southern Illinois:

SIU Edwardsville (Edwardsville)

Jayme Swanke

(618) 650-5976