Advocacy Unlimited - Advocacy Education for Persons with Psychiatric Disabilities or Co-occuring Disorders Advocacy Unlimited, Inc. - comprehensive education in recovery and advocacy skills for persons in recovery from psychiatric disabilities or co-occurring disorders Building a grassroots network of mental health advocates across Connecticut

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Recovery University

Training and certification for
Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services

Overview  |  Course Schedule  |  Course Fees
Application Form  |  Recovery Specialist Job Openings

Please Note:  Recovery University is different and separate from AU's Advocacy Education Course. Information about the Advocacy Education Course can be found at Advocacy Education Course Overview.

Current RU Students:  See Links to the Online Course Assignments.

RU Grads…Is it time for your recertification?

In order to maintain State Certification, RU Graduates must complete 60 hours of training within the three years following their original certification date.

  • If you have completed your 60 hours of training, please report it on the RSS Continuing Education Form. Submit the form via email to Linda Lentini.
  • If you have not completed your 60 hours of training, please consider completing your 60 hours, then report it on the Continuing Education Form.
  • For help or questions, please email Linda.


Help us continue the Recovery University ProgramRecovery University is a 60-hour advanced training and certification program funded in part by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services for persons in recovery from mental health or co-occurring disorders. It is the only state authorized program to certify individuals as meeting the requirements of Certification for Recovery Support Specialist. Upon successful completion of the course and the certification exam, graduates will be state certified as Recovery Support Specialists, Peer Delivered Services.

Course topics include the following Certification Exam Competency Areas:

  • Effective, Empathetic Communication Skills
  • Legal and Ethical Practice, Boundaries, Client Rights
  • Introduction to Mental Health, Substance Abuse, and Co-Occurring Disorders
  • Principles of Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Medicaid Mental Health Waiver / Money Follows the Person
  • Using Your Recovery Story, Role of Peer Supports on Teams, Recovery Culture
  • Role Challenges, Conflict Resolution, Self Care
  • Recovery Planning and Documentation
  • Entitlements and Benefits Management
  • Cultural Awareness

Many mental health organizations and agencies, including the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, have or are likely to be offering positions for Recovery Support Specialists. Many, if not most, of these job openings require that candidates be certified graduates of the Recovery University program.

Advocacy Unlimited cannot offer transportation to the Recovery University classes. Every effort will be made to hold all classes at a location on a bus line. For CT Transit bus schedules, see CT Public Transportation.

Before applying be sure to read Recovery Support Specialist General Information for more information regarding the Recovery University Certification program (MS Word document)

For questions or more information…
Contact Linda Lentini, AU Director of Recovery University, or call (toll-free in CT only) 1-800-573-6929.

~ Recovery University was developed by and is administered, directed, and taught by Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.  It is the only state sanctioned Certification Program for Recovery Support Specialists.

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RU Course Schedule

Important notice about future courses…

Recovery University started in 2009 for the purpose of providing State Certification for people with lived experience so they can work as Recovery Support Specialists. The curriculum created in 2009 was based on information provided by an advisory committee of people that were receiving mental health services.

There has been a great deal of new information over the past couple years and, to keep the RU curriculum as current and effective as possible, we are reviewing and updating the curriculum with the help of a new advisory committee.

Since 2009, we have had some incredible classes with people that have survived many things and are now supporting people personally or professionally throughout Connecticut. Through feedback from our wonderful graduates, we realized a major overhaul of Recovery University is needed and would be beneficial to everyone interested in attending Recovery University in the future.

This overhaul requires time and research. As a result, we have placed a hold on Recovery University classes beginning May 15, 2014. If you are on the waiting list or had been scheduled for an upcoming course, you can request a refund of your application fee. If you are interested in keeping your name on our waiting list, we will contact you to inform you of the new application process needed prior to the next scheduled class.

We anticipate the next RU Course with new curriculum will start sometime in late Fall or Winter of 2014. Anyone interested in attending the next class will have to meet the new prerequisite requirements and successfully complete the interview process. Again, we will inform people on the waiting list of these requirements.

This is an important step for the future of the RU peer support program in Connecticut. We appreciate your patience and understanding during this time. For questions, please email Linda Lentini at

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Course Fees

All fees are non-refundable. Fees should be made by check or money order payable to Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.  Unfortunately, there are no scholarships for the course fees available at this time.

• 60-Hour Recovery University Course Fees:

– Application Processing Fee (due with the application):


– Certification Exam Fee (due 30 days prior to the exam):




• The $25.00 Application Fee must be submitted with your application. This fee covers the processing and administration costs associated with applying for the course.

• The $65.00 exam fee must be paid 30 days prior to the day of the test. This fee covers the certification and testing costs.


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Application Form

Please note…

At this time we are not accepting any applications for Recovery University as we are in the process of updating the entire program including the application form and process. We will post updates here about the new program and when applications can once again be submitted. Until then, please do not submit applications.

Please note that applications cannot be submitted online. They must be mailed or delivered to the AU Office with the application fee.

Before completing the application form, be sure you have read the Recovery Support Specialist General Information.

Also be sure to read the application instructions that are included on the Application Form. The form also includes an optional Equal Opportunity section.

You can download and print a copy of the application form below. Complete your printed application form and mail or hand deliver it to the AU Office with the appropriate fees. If you are submitting an application to get on the Waiting List, you do not need to submit any fees at this time.

ArrowheadDownload and print the Application Form

Mail or hand deliver your completed application and fees to:

Advocacy Unlimited, Inc.
Recovery University Application
300 Russell Rd.
Wethersfield, CT 06109  

For questions, contact Linda Lentini, AU Director of Recovery University.

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Recovery Specialist Job Openings

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* Note to RU Graduates…
If, as a result of your certification, you obtain employment as a Recovery Support Specialist, please inform AU and let us know your name, where you are employed, and when you started. Thank you!

* For help preparing for your job search…
See resume writing, cover letter, and interviewing help

Job Listings…

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Developed, administered, and taught by…

300 Russell Road
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(Toll-free in CT: 1-800-573-6929)

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for persons with or in recovery from mental
health or co-occurring disorders through comprehensive education in recovery and
advocacy skills for persons in recovery and helping them find employment,
reintegrate into the community, and get their lives back.

 Made possible in part through a grant from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services

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