Recovery University is an 80-hour advanced training and certification program for persons with mental health histories. It is the only state authorized program to certify individuals as meeting the requirements of Certification for Recovery Support Specialist. Upon successful completion of the course and the certification exam, graduates will be state certified as Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services.
Many behavioral healthcare and mental health organizations and agencies, including the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, have or are likely to be offering positions for Recovery Support Specialists. Many, if not most, of these job openings require that candidates be certified graduates of the Recovery University program. For the current Recovery Support Specialist job openings, see RSS Openings.
Advocacy Unlimited cannot offer transportation to the Recovery University classes. Every effort will be made to hold all classes at a location on a bus line. For CT Transit bus schedules, see CT Public Transportation.
Some exciting changes have been made to the Recovery University Program…
A new curriculum was rolled out beginning in 2015. With this new curriculum, several changes were necessary in order to improve the process and the experience for RU students:
- RU will no longer have a waiting list that gets carried over from one class to the next. Applicants not accepted into a prior course can re-apply for any scheduled upcoming course. Application fees submitted in the past can be applied toward the new application fee for people that had already paid their fee.
- The RU training commitment has increased to 80 hours to provide more opportunity for additional content and experiential learning. In addition, we are developing some internship opportunities and will provide information as we roll-out the process.
- The eligibility criteria has changed. Please read the application carefully and fill out all the necessary information.
- We will open the application enrollment period prior to each class. Since we no longer have a wait list, applicants not selected into a class must, if interested, reapply for the next class. We will only accept 25 applicants per class. Class size is limited to enhance the overall learning experience. We realize this limits the opportunity to accept all that apply, but the smaller class size, enhanced content, and enhanced experiential component is to your benefit and will better prepare you for your career as a Recovery Support Specialist.
Please note that applicants must have had direct, lived experience of receiving mental health or co-occurring services.
- The application period will be announced prior to each new course offering;
- Application forms can be downloaded (see How to Apply), or you can pick one up at the AU Office;
- Applications must be completely filled in and received at the AU Office prior to the end of the application period;
- Applications will be reviewed by the RU Team;
- Applicants accepted into the class will be notified of their acceptance and, in turn, must notify us of their decision to either accept or decline admittance;
- The $25 application fee is due upon acceptance into the course;
- A detailed schedule for the course will be included in the acceptance packet sent to applicants.
Before applying…please make sure to read the entire Recovery University Application and answer all of the questions prior to submitting it for consideration for the next Recovery University course. See How to Apply to download the application form.
For questions or more information…
Contact Recovery University at RecoveryUniversity@advocacyunlimited.org or call (toll-free in CT only) 1-800-573-6929.
~ Recovery University was developed by and is administered, directed, and taught by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.
It is the only program sanctioned by the State of CT for the certification of Recovery Support Specialists.
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The Recovery University course, its content, and all materials are copyrighted.
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