Recovery Leadership Academy

Recovery Support Specialist Training and Certification Program

Tonya Cutler

Meet one of the BHN’s Recovery Coaches - Tonya Cutler

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The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Recovery Support Specialist Training and Certification Program is an 80-hour course that prepares persons in recovery from a psychiatric or substance use disorder, or family members of people in recovery, to take an exam to become a certified Recovery Support Specialist (RSS).

Recovery Support Specialists work in behavioral health systems across the state using their own experience with recovery to support those seeking or currently receiving treatment for mental illness or substance use.


Friday, Sept. 6-Friday, Oct. 11

Institute of Living Commons Building
Hartford Room
200 Retreat Ave, Hartford, CT 06106

Cost: $300


Class dates and times:

  • Friday, Sept. 6, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 9, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 11, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 13, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 16, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 20, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 23, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Friday, Sept. 27, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Monday, Sept. 30, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Friday, Oct. 4, 9 am-5:30 pm
  • Monday, Oct. 7, 10 am-12 pm, 12:30-2:30 pm
  • Graduation: Friday, Oct. 11, 3-5 pm

To apply:

  1. Download and fill out the application
  2. Send the completed application to Karen.Kangas@hhchealth.org with the subject line “RSS Training Application
  3. Select applicants will be contacted to schedule an in-person interview to determine admission into the program.
  4. Once students are accepted, additional information regarding payment will be provided.

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