• Peer Recovery Specialist - Dansville, NY Wellness Recovery Center

    Posted: 09/08/2021

    Working under the supervision of the Director of Community Based Services, as well as the support of the Lead Peer Recovery Specialist, the Peer Recovery Specialist will be responsible for facilitating events and activities at both the Recovery center and in the community, as well as providing outreach and guidance to community members and consumers at risk of or with substance use disorder and mental health. The Peer Recovery Specialist provides peer services to individuals and family members in treatment and recovery. S/he aids in removing barriers and obstacles to recovery by serving as a personal guide and mentor for people seeking or in recovery.

    This position's hours and days are TBD, but the position requires days, evenings and some weekends.

    Essential Job Functions

    Peer Recovery Specialist Functions

    · Participate in facilitating events and activities at both the Recovery center and in the community for consumers and their family members, during daytime hours, as well as some evenings and weekends.

    · Promote and market recovery services throughout the community to partner agencies and community stakeholders to increase engagement.

    · In conjunction with clients, develop and implement a Recovery Plan to help initiate and sustain an individual/family in their recovery from substance use or mental health.

    · Meet with clients in a group setting or a 1:1 basis as needed at the center or in the community, serving as a guide and mentor to help them learn more about recovery and self-help meetings or other supports, help them build a strong support network that meets their needs, and to assist them in their decision making and support steps toward recovery.

    • Help a client find and utilize if necessary resources for harm reduction, detox, treatment, family support and education, local or online support groups which may include accompanying clients to initial self-help meetings.

    · Assist clients with applying for benefits and with travel training, accompany clients to court appearances and medical or other appointments, and assist with other social determinates of health that present as a barrier to sustainable recovery.

    · Assist clients with overcoming any barriers with social determinants of health that may impact their overall wellness.

    • Provide non-clinical crisis support, especially after periods of hospitalization or incarceration.
    • Conduct outreach both telephonically and in the community to assist with motivation in treatment, and identify any barriers to successful engagement.
    • Help individuals find ways to stop using (abstinence), or reduce harm associated with substance use disorder.
    • Provide education and support on the use and availability of medication assisted treatment.
    • Assist in developing and expanding peer support services within the existing community to ensure cultural alignment with the population.

    · Operate vehicle (both personal and agency) for mobile peer services, client transportation etc.

    · Create and maintain detailed consistent and accurate client records documenting recovery plans and progress.

    · Adhere to agency policies and procedures regarding confidentiality and other governmental and/or agency regulations.

    · Meets with Supervisor for supervision on a regular basis to receive ongoing support and oversight.

    · Collaborate and co-operate with community supports and providers such as the department of social services, VESID program, local physicians’ offices, hospitals, etc. to help guide clients towards successful attainment of their recovery goals.

    · Responsible for collecting, analyzing and reporting data as it relates to various contracts/programs in our system.

    Secondary Functions

    · Participates as a contributing member of an interdisciplinary team in coordination and delivery of client care.

    · Participates in professional education that supports continuous improvement of client care including weekly staff meetings.

    · Consistently reviews policies and procedures and stays abreast of current laws, regulations and policies.

    · Performs other related work as assigned.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

    · Ability to maintain mutual respect with peers in recovery in regards to their goals, aspirations, and talents while helping them understand and work through their triggers and unhealthy habits and thoughts.

    · Knowledge of substance use disorder and mental health diagnoses and their effects on the individual and family members including human behavior, attitudes, and motivations and their applicability in the recovery process.

    · Ability to effectively manage and/or work with a diversity of clients with a range of needs.

    · Ability to accurately prepare and maintain documentation of supports, recovery plans, reports, etc. utilizing computer databases and software programs including electronic health records.

    · Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.

    · Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, clients and the general public.

    Physical Demands

    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job duties. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to be able to:

    · Use a computer including keyboard and mouse operations; visual and/or auditory capacity.

    · The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds

    · Must possess valid driver’s license and be able to drive

    The Peer Recovery Specialist -Recovery Center could be needed at irregular hours causing fatigue and stress. The Peer Recovery Specialist may experience stress and stress related symptoms due to interacting with clients in recovery. S/he may be exposed to illness and unsanitary conditions so must take care to protect their own health. They may also have to manage physically threatening clients and be prepared to be responsible for their own safety, and the safety of others.


    Minimum of a High School/GED diploma; an Associate’s degree with a major in chemical dependency, psychology, social work, counseling or other related field preferred and at least 1 year of experience in clinical setting. Must be eligible to become credentialed as a Certified Peer Recovery Advocate.

    Requires a valid driver’s license with no more than 4 points and no moving violations within the past 6 months.

    This job description is intended to provide a description of essential job functions that are used in order to assess employee performance. It is not an all-inclusive statement of job responsibilities.

    Job Type: Full-time

    Pay: From $15.00 per hour


    • 401(k)
    • 401(k) matching
    • Dental insurance
    • Health insurance
    • Life insurance
    • Paid time off


    • Day shift
    • Night shift
    • Weekend availability


    • High school or equivalent (Required)


    • Addiction counseling: 1 year (Preferred)
    • Clinical: 1 year (Preferred)


    • CRPA (Preferred)
    • Driver's License (Required)

    Work Location:

    • One location

    Work Remotely:

    • No

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