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 Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS)?

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

CHW /CRS 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


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


**NOTE: Off-site training tuition cost will be at the discretion of the hosting organization. Please click here for more information on off-site trainings.


Gambling (G) & Substance Abuse (SA) Endorsements

Persons in recovery from a  gambling or substance abuse disorder are eligible to apply for the G and/or SA Endorsement after completing the CHW/CRS designation.

Specialty Designations require additional verifications, module completion, and testing.Total cost for Endorsement Application and examination fee is $50.00.

Please do not apply for a Specialty Endorsement if you are not already a Certified Community Health Worker / Certified Recovery Specialist (CHW/CRS).


NOTE: The deadline to apply for this year's trainings has passed. Please check for updated training dates on our website in June.

CHW and CHW/CRS Application Process:  

Step 1.    

Review the CHW Designation Graphic.pdf.

Step 2.

Print and complete the designated Application Checklist below:

CHW Only Application Checklist OR CHW/CRS Application Checklist

Please use the Application Checklist to assist you in completing your application package.

Step 3.

Print and complete all required applications and forms required for the chosen designation.  

CHW / CRS Applications / Forms: 

CHW CRS Training Application.pdf (This application is for both CHW Only and CHW/CRS applicants)

CHW.CRS Treatment Verification Form.pdf

CHW.CRS Personal Reference Form.pdf

CHW.CRS Endorsement Application.pdf

CHW CRS Attestation of Qualification.pdf

South Oaks Gambling Screen SOGS.pdf

Step 4.

Review the new 2014/2015CHW.CRS Training Schedule.pdf and select a training you would like to attend.

Review Training Topics Schedule of Modules.pdf.

Step 5.

Mail your completed application package inclusive of: the Application Checklist, all required applications, forms and required application fees (money orders only) to:

Community Health Worker Program Coordinator
8440 Woodfield Crossing Boulevard
Suite 460
Indianapolis, IN 46240

*Please note that incomplete application packages will be shredded and all application fees are non-refundable.



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