GovState's College of Health and Human Services Addiction Studies and Behavioral Health Program presents a series of subsidized training programs focused on peer recovery support /mentoring as part of a recovery-oriented system of care for individuals and families dealing with alcohol, substance use, and/or mental health disorders.

Greetings from Governors State University's Peer Recovery Support Training (PRSS)

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training Program is a selective application program open to people with lived experience in alcohol, substance use, and/or mental health disorders:

  • Mandatory Orientation Class
  • 3 courses at no cost to the participant
  • Completion of 300 hour internship

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist Training Program meets the Illinois Certification Board (ICB) requirements for Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS) and Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS).

The PRSS Training program is funded by:

  • The Illinois Department of Human Services' (IDHS) Division of Mental Health (DMH) 814 CRSS Project Success #45CAB04313
  • Federal Health Resources and Human Services (HRSA) Behavioral Workforce and Training (BHWET) Grant #1M01HP42507-01-00

GovState currently offers training groups 3 or 4 times per year and may meet virtually, online or in person on campus at Governors State University University Park, IL. Participants must commit to attending all training and internship hours to receive our certificate of program completion and be eligible for certification. The application will be required to attend group training. If you are interested in receiving an invitation to enroll in our next group training, please complete the contact information link to the left and we will be in contact.

The purpose of our training is to prepare for Recovery Support Certification. Please complete the contact list form to be notified of our next available PRSS GovState group  training session application.


Coming Up May 2024

GovState PRSS Site Supervisory Summit Information 

If you have any additional questions please email

Is Peer Recovery Support Specialist something new?


Yes and No. The concept of Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) is an effective type of mentor that has been around for a long time. PRSS and the concept of Recovery Oriented Systems of Care (ROSC) have been receiving increasing attention. There is a good foundation of literature and research regarding the principles and practices that contribute to the effectiveness of PRSS, and that is what much of our training is based on.

Does the GovState Training provide some kind of certification for Peer Support?


Yes, this is a new program development at GovState. The content of our training program is designed to meet the foundational criteria of the 410-hour educational and internship experience requirement specified in Illinois and other jurisdictions for Certified Peer Recovery Specialists.

Looking online, you may see many types of training programs that provide their own Peer Certification. It is difficult to know, however, how these will or will not end up meeting State and Federal Certification standards as they evolve.

What Illinois Certifications are there for Peer Recovery Support Specialists?


The current requirements for various types of Peer Recovery Support Specialist Certifications in Illinois can be found on the IL SUPR (formerly DASA) website at More information on Illinois credentialing can be found at You may want to focus on the Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and the various documents related to it at Note that these certifications involve both educational and experiential elements, so plan to spend time understanding these requirements, perhaps contacting these organizations for assistance if needed.

Our training will provide a brief overview of certification requirements – but will not allow for extensive questions on the certification process or consideration of individual cases.

Are There Jobs?


Recovery Support Specialist positions are becoming increasingly available across the country, and in some areas (such as California) more than others. We can expect this trend will continue. You may want to Google open PRSS positions in your area or elsewhere from time to time to get a feel for position availability.

Are There Internships?


Yes, Gov State can offer a limited number of internships to those who successfully complete the peer support training courses and meet additional criteria. This program and the application process will be fully explained during your training.