Position Title: Peer Support Specialist
Primary Service Center: Springfield, Ohio (South Limestone Location)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt (Hourly)
Work Hours: Full-time, 40 hours per week, some evening may be required
Position Summary and Responsibilities: Full-time position responsible for assisting the Behavioral Health Director as well as facilitate the work of the Behavioral Health Department in helping patients recover from substance abuse (SUD). The Peer Support Specialist must also work closely with the Medicaid Eligibility Department, and Outreach and Enrollment Specialists to assist patients.
- Maintain project logs, reports and records in appropriate files and database(s).
- Provide recovery education to service recipients for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance.
- Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible.
- Assist recovering persons to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and weaknesses regarding recovery.
- Assist/coach recovering persons develop their own plan for advancing their recovery; for “getting the life they want.”
- Recovery Planning - facilitate (via personal coaching) the transition from a professionally-directed service plan to a self-directed Recovery Plan. The goal should be to transition from professionally assisted recovery initiation to personally directed, community supported recovery maintenance.
- Promote self advocacy by assisting recovering persons to have their voices fully heard; their needs, goals and objectives established as the focal point of rehabilitation and clinical services.
- Actively identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.) that support the recovering person’s goals and interests. This will involve a collaborative effort including the recovering person, agency staff and other relevant stakeholders.
- Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups. Link individuals to appropriate professional resources when needed. Provide vision-driven hope and encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.).
- Develop relationships with community groups/agencies in partnership with others in the agency.
- As recovery specialist position evolves and knowledge increases, visit community resources with recovering persons to assist them in becoming familiar with potential opportunities.
- Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers.
- Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency if needed. Long-term engagement, support, and encouragement.
Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duties satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.
- Associates Degree in Human Service/Substance Abuse desired
- Will consider appropriate life experience
- Peer Support Specialist Certification/ or completed course work and waiting fr certification
- 2-3 years experience working with the recovery population
- An outgoing, positive attitude
- A consistent focus on providing efficient and excellent service
- The ability to multitask while maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers in a fast-paced environment
Pre-screening includes pre-employment drug screen and criminal background check (reimbursed upon negative results). RHCHC provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, RHCHC complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.