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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

~  Important notice about the Recovery University program  ~

We have made some exciting changes to the Recovery University Program!

Beginning in 2015, we are rolling out a new curriculum for Recovery University. With this new curriculum, several changes were necessary in order to improve the process and the experience of RU students:

  1. Waiting List:
    RU will no longer have a waiting list that gets carried over from one class to the next class. We are mailing all applications back to everyone on our wait list. All applicants that were on the waiting list must re-apply using the new application form. The application process opens on November 3, 2014 and the new application form is available below. Application fees submitted in the past can be applied towards the new application fee for people that had already paid their fee.
  2. Training Hours:
    The RU training commitment has increased to 80 hours to provide more opportunity for additional content and experiential learning. In addition, we are developing some internship opportunities and will provide information as we roll-out the process.
  3. Eligibility:
    The eligibility criteria has changed. Please read the application carefully and fill out all of the necessary information.
  4. Application Process:
    We will open the application process prior to each class. Since we will no longer have a wait list, applicants not selected into a class must reapply for the new class.

We are only accepting 25 applicants per cohort. Class size is limited to enhance the overall learning experience. We realize that this limits the opportunity to accept all that apply, but we expect that the smaller class size, enhanced content, and enhanced experiential component is to your benefit so that you feel better prepared to embark on your career as a Recovery Support Specialist.

Timeline for Application Process…

The timeline for applying for the next class is as follows:

  • The application period opens November 3, 2014 and closes on December 12, 2014. We will not accept applications after December 12, 2014;
  • Notification of acceptance for the next class will be sent out to applicants by January 3, 2015 after review by the Recovery University Team;
  • Notification to RU to Accept Admittance: Everyone accepted into the class will have until January 14, 2015 to inform us of their decision to accept or decline admittance;
  • The next Recovery University class will begin February 3, 2015. This class will take place in either New Haven or Hamden. Classes will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm over an 8 week period. The schedule and location of the classes will be included in the acceptance packet to help guide your decision.

We are excited to continue with this new phase of Recovery University and are thankful for all of the feedback that we have received over the past couple of months during this transition. We look forward to receiving your application.

For questions, contact the RUTeam at


Help us continue the Recovery University ProgramRecovery University is an 80-hour advanced training and certification program 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.

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 applyingplease read the important notice about the new Recovery University Program above. Also, make sure to read the entire Recovery University Application (see below) and answer all of the questions prior to submitting it for consideration for the next Recovery University course.

For questions or more information…
Contact the Recovery University Team at 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

Upcoming Courses  |  Courses Currently Underway

Upcoming Courses

New Haven / Hamden -- Applications accepted Nov. 3rd through Dec. 12th


New Haven or Hamden
(more details soon)

Start Date:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

End Date:

Thursday, April 2, 2015


10:00 am to 4:00 pm
every Tuesday and Thursday
for 8 weeks

Certification Exam:


Courses Currently Underway



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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.  There are no scholarships for the course fees available at this time.

• 80-Hour Recovery University Course Fees:

– Application Processing Fee (due with the application):



– Recovery University Course Fee:



– 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 $75.00 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 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, please read through the entire form including 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.

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  [directions]

For questions, contact the RU Team at

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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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