Recovery Leadership Academy

Meet some of our Recovery Support Specialists and Graduates

Recovery Support Specialist Training and Certification Program

The Hartford HealthCare Behavioral Health Network Recovery Support Specialist Training and Certification Program is a 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).

Each week students attend two streaming sessions. They occur on Tuesday and Thursday evening. The sessions are designed to go over the weekly modules of homework, and expound upon the topic of the day. The classes run for two hours with a panel of experts in the field. On many occasions, students will be allowed to conduct a question and answer session with the doctors and or clinicians whose presentations they watched for homework.

Some of the topics covered in the modules include:

  • Family interventions
  • Harm reduction techniques
  • History of behavioral health
  • Holistic alternatives to treatment
  • Legal regulation and patient rights
  • Mental health first aid
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Overview of addiction
  • Overview of mental health
  • Physical disability movement
  • Trauma
  • WRAP

The Winter-2023 class is full and will begin with orientation on February 2, 2023.


The Recovery Leadership Academy will announce dates for the Summer/Fall 2023 course in the spring.


Please check back again for more information.