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
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
Persons in recovery from a mental health or substance abuse disorder are eligible for dual certification as a CHW/CRS. Interested individuals are required to attend a five day training and pass a certification exam.
Eligible applicants who apply and are accepted (up to 60 individuals) will receive this training at no cost through funding provided by the Division of Mental Health and Addiction (DMHA).
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).
CHW and CHW/CRS Application Process:
Print and complete the CHW.CRS Application Checklist.pdf. Please use the Application Checklist to assist you in completing your application package.
Print and complete all required applications and forms required for the chosen designation.
CHW / CRS Applications / Forms:
CHW CRS Training Application.pdf
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
Indianapolis, IN 46240
*Please note that incomplete application packages will be shredded and all application fees are non-refundable.