Annual CHW/CRS Spring Conference 2017

May 18, 2017

 Conference Handouts 2017 in zip format (20meg)

 8:30-9:00am                  Registration/Continental Breakfast

 9:00-9:15am                  Welcome/Introductions:

                                     Welcome from the Division Kevin Moore

 9:15-10:30am                Community Health Workers: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow           
Dr. Frances Feltner

10:30-10:45am              BREAK/NETWORKING

10:45-11:30am              Steven’s Story: My Past, Present, and Future
                                    Steve Manning

11:30-12:30pm              LUNCH

12:30-1:15pm                Project POINT: a New Collaborative Approach to Improving Care for
                                    Opiate Overdose Patients  Presenting to the Emergency
Emily Zarse, MD

1:15 -2:15pm                 CHW Documentation using Electronic Medical Records
                                      Ruth Case

2:15-2:30pm                  BREAK/NETWORKING

2:30-3:15pm                  Technological Applications for the CHW/CRS
                                     Joanne Abbott

 3:15-4:00pm                  Recovery Ethics of Today and Tomorrow
Kim Manlove and Stacey Totten

Welcome to Indiana's Integrated Care Community Health Worker and Certified Recovery Specialist Training and Certification Program!

The Indiana Division of Mental Health and Addiction and the Indiana State Department of Health have jointly approved a training and certification process for the Indiana Integrated Care Community Health Worker and Certified Recovery Specialist Program. Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN) is the state selected vendor to provide these services. 

What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)?

The CHW is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence or service delivery. (American Public Health Association)

What is a Community Health Worker/Certified Recovery Specialist (CHW/CRS)?

The CHW/CRS is a person in recovery from a mental health or addiction related disorder. The CHW/CRS provides peer support services, serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in emergency, outpatient, inpatient, or forensic settings.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be a resident of Indiana
  • Must have at least a high school  diploma or GED
  • Must have a personal email address (minimal computer/internet access required)
  • CHW/CRS must self-identify as a person in recovery from mental illness and/or addiction


CHW Concentration:

Upon completion of the three day training and passing a final examination, each participant will be certified as a Community Health  Worker eligible for employment in organizations serving families, the elderly, children  and youth including  outpatient medical / behavioral providers, hospitals, medical clinics, schools, churches and community centers.

  • Must attend a three-day training and pass a certification exam 
  • $35.00 Application Fee (Nonrefundable)
  • $750.00 Tuition Fee (Indianapolis trainings hosted by ASPIN)

CHW/CRS Concentration:

Persons in recovery from a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder are eligible for dual certification as a CHW/CRS.

  • Must attend a five-day training and pass a certification exam 
  • $35.00 Application Fee (Nonrefundable)
  • Indianapolis CHW/CRS trainings hosted by ASPIN are funded by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA).


Training Schedule:


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