Welcome to ASPIN's 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. ASPIN is certified to provide these trainings
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.
- 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
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.
Persons in recovery from a mental health and/or substance abuse disorder are eligible for dual certification as a CHW/CRS.