Peer Recovery Specialist - Hornell, NY
Recovery Coaching is a peer-based recovery support service that is non-clinical and designed to engage others beyond initiation through stabilization and into recovery maintenance. The Peer Recovery Specialist provides peer-assisted guidance to individuals in recovery that are involved in treatment for substance abuse. 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 is a 40hrs per week Thursday through Monday position from 12:00pm to 8:30pm.
Essential Job Functions
· 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 addiction.
· Meet regularly with clients on a 1:1 basis 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 applying to referral agencies and programs.
· 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 addictive behaviors.
- 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, ACCES-VR program, local physicians’ offices, hospitals, etc. to help guide clients towards successful attainment of their recovery goals.
· 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 case management staff meetings.
· Consistently reviews policies and procedures and stays abreast of current laws, regulations and policies.
· Will be expected to participate in on-call hours, as scheduled
· 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 disorders 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.
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 lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
· Must possess valid driver’s license and be able to drive vehicle for agency business
The Recovery Coach must be able to prioritize situations and manage time, and may find that they are needed at irregular hours causing fatigue and stress. The recovery coach 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.
The employee is expected to adhere to strict policies/regulations relative to being in a tobacco and alcohol free workplace. Work is performed in both an office environment and in the community.
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. Must be eligible to work towards becoming 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) matching
- Dental insurance
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Vision insurance
- 8 hour shift
- High school or equivalent (Required)
- Addiction Mentoring or Addiction Counseling: 1 year (Preferred)
- Driver's License (Required)
- CASAC (Preferred)
- One location