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Education and Training

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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

~  Next RU Course Scheduled  ~

The next RU Course will begin September 21st at CVH's Merritt Hall in Middletown. Applications are being accepted now, but must be received in the AU Office by Friday, September 11, 2015. See details below.


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.

Some exciting changes have been made to the Recovery University Program…

A new curriculum has been rolled out beginning in 2015. With this new curriculum, several changes were necessary in order to improve the process and the experience for RU students:

  1. RU will no longer have a waiting list that gets carried over from one class to the next. Applicants who were not accepted into a prior course must re-apply using the application form available for download below. Application fees submitted in the past can be applied toward the new application fee for people that had already paid their fee.
  2. 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. The eligibility criteria has changed. Please read the application carefully and fill out all the necessary information.
  4. We will open the application process prior to each class. Since we no longer have a wait list, applicants not selected into a class must, if interested, reapply for the next class. We will only accept 25 applicants per class. Class size is limited to enhance the overall learning experience. We realize this limits the opportunity to accept all that apply, but the smaller class size, enhanced content, and enhanced experiential component is to your benefit and will better prepare you for your career as a Recovery Support Specialist.

Application Process…

The process for applying for each new announced course will be as follows:

  • The application period will be announced prior to each new course offering;
  • Application forms can be downloaded below, or you can pick one up at the AU Office;
  • Applications must be completely filled in and received at the AU Office prior to the end of the application period;
  • Applications will be reviewed by the RU Team;
  • Applicants accepted into the class will be notified of their acceptance and, in turn, must notify us of their decision to either accept or decline admittance;
  • A detailed schedule for the course will be included in the acceptance packet sent to applicants.

Before applyingplease 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

Applications for the upcoming Middletown Course must be received in the AU Office by Friday, September 11, 2015.

Upcoming Courses

Middletown - Applications must be received by September 11th


Connecticut Valley Hospital - Merritt Hall
Lee Auditorium
Eastern Dr.
Middletown, CT 06457

Start Date:

Monday, September 21, 2015

End Date:

Monday, November 23, 2015


10:00 am to 4:00 pm every Monday and Thursday

Certification Exam:

Monday, November 30, 2015

Courses Currently Underway

No courses on-going at this time



Start Date:


End Date:




Certification Exam:


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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 upon acceptance into the course):



– Recovery University Course Fee:



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






• The $25.00 Application Fee must be submitted once you are notified of acceptance into the course. 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.

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.

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

* For all Recovery Support Specialist Job Openings, see RSS 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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