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Recovery Support Specialist

Discover the rewarding work of providing community-based recovery support services.  Help others develop and strengthen their ability to maintain their recovery from substance abuse and mental health disorders.  As a recovery support specialist, you can use your life experiences to help others in treatment and recovery to maintain long-term sobriety.  Through this 7-credit hour program, you will gain knowledge in professional ethics, advocacy, mentoring, recovery, and wellness.

  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for community health workers and social service occupations is expected to grow 13%-17% by 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  Labor market data show an increasingly strong need for recovery support positions in Heartland's district and region.

     

  • There are no prerequisites for this program.

  • This unique certificate program prepares students for entry-level positions as community health workers, specifically in the area of substance abuse recovery.  Through a combination of academic courses, experience, and professional training, students will learn how to facilitate recovery, build resilience in people in recovery, and use principles to guide ethical decision-making.  Upon completion, students will demonstrate competency in mentoring and education, professional responsibility, and recovery/wellness skills.  To be eligible to qualify for certification as a certified recovery support specialist, students must have at least a high school diploma, GED or equivalent, and must have 1000 hours of formal work or volunteer experience in a field related to addictions.

    The required academic courses include:

    • HS 104, Ethics in Healthcare
    • HS 120, Advocacy and Mentoring
    • HS 121, Recovery/Wellness Education and Support
  • Interested in this program?  Click here to apply now.
  • Heartland Community College tuition for credit courses is based on residency in district 540.  Additional fees may apply.  Click here for more information.

    Please see here for additional information on how to apply for Work Ready scholarships.

  • We strongly recommend you attend one of these informational sessions. All information meetings are held at the main campus in Normal, IL, unless otherwise noted.

    Day Time Room

    Beginning May 1, 2020, and until further notice, informational meetings will be held virtually utilizing ZOOM.  Please continue to check this site for dates and additional information.

    Monday, Apr. 12, 2021

    5 pm

    Work Ready Programs

    Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Work Ready meeting.

    Tuesday, Apr. 13, 2021

    5 pm

    Physical Therapist Assistant Program

    Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Physical Therapist Assistant meeting.

    Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

    4:30 pm

    Nursing Program

    Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Nursing meeting.

    Wednesday, Apr. 14, 2021

    5 pm

    EMT/Paramedic Programs

    Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this EMT/Paramedic meeting.

    Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021

    5 pm

    Radiography Program

    Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Radiography meeting.

    Thursday, Apr. 15, 2021

    5 pm

    Medical Assistant Program

    Please contact the program coordinator listed below to request the ZOOM link for this Medical Assistant meeting.

    Please contact the following program coordinator and request the ZOOM link for the meeting that you would like to attend:

    EMT/Paramedic - Please contact Travis Wilson at twilson@mcleancountyems.org

    Medical Assistant - Please contact Martha Stearns at martha.stearns@heartland.edu

    Nursing - Please watch this brief informational video. Then contact Tara Morris at tara.morris@heartland.edu

    Physical Therapist Assistant - Please contact Daryl Menke at daryl.menke@heartland.edu

    Radiography - Please contact Jo Gramley at joan.gramley@heartland.edu

    Work Ready Programs* - Please contact Kelly Pyle at kelly.pyle@heartland.edu

    * Work Ready Programs currently consist of Pharmacy Technician, Dental Assistant, Phlebotomy, Veterinary Assistant, and Recovery Support Specialist.

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Contact HS

ICB 2800
1500 W Raab Road
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 309-268-8740
Fax: 309-268-7958
Email HS

Jennifer O'Connor, MSN, RN-BC

Dean of Health Sciences
Director of Nursing Education
Office: ICB 2821
Phone: 309-268-8747
Fax: 309-268-7958
EmailJennifer.Abraham@heartland.edu

Darcia Gillan

Administrative Assistant - Health Sciences
Office: ICB 2800
Phone: 309-268-8740
EmailDarcia.Gillan@heartland.edu