Peer Recovery Specialist

Major Essential Functions:

  • Models and coaches recovery behavior and skills for identified participants.
  • Works directly with identified participants to assist them in establishing a social support system and linking them to appropriate recovery resources.
  • Coordinates with Drug Court and Substance Abuse case managers as well as the Supervisor of Community Outreach to help address any barriers for identified participants to meet program expectations and achieve their stated goals.
  • Supports identified participants in locating, and applying for, employment opportunities, educational programs, and housing as appropriate.
  • May provide transportation for identified participants to program related appointments.
  • Attends weekly Drug Court team meeting to collaborate and support Drug Court participants.
  • Completes Government Performance and Results Act (GPRA) as needed.
  • Will lead, at minimum, one group dedicated to Drug Court participants and/or graduates at minimum once a week.
  • Conducts evaluations to ensure the identified participants are appropriate for Peer Services.
  • Develops Recovery, Resiliency, and Wellness Plans with clients and completes reviews at appropriate intervals.
  • Collects essential data, writes contact notes, and otherwise documents efforts and outcomes;
  • Works collaboratively with community agencies as appropriate including criminal justice, law enforcement, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Housing Authority, the Department of Social Services, Child Protective Services, the Department of Rehabilitative Services, etc.
  • Maintains effective relationships with participants based on courtesy, compassion, and respect.
  • Maintains effective relationships with co-workers and community providers based on courtesy and respect.
  • Makes effective use of available technology, including computers, e-mail, and voicemail in order to enhance customer service.
  • Maintains a current level of knowledge regarding substance use and mental health disorders and available resources.
  • Assures compliance with Agency policy, client rights, and confidentiality.
  • Regular and reliable attendance is required.
  • Performs duties as assigned consistent with established operational policies and procedures of the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Personal lived experience with mental illness and/or substance use and treatment and in long-term active recovery.
  • Demonstrated awareness of ethical boundaries and human rights guidelines as they pertain to treatment and community services.
  • Understanding of the recovery model as it pertains to mental illness and substance use symptoms and disorders.
  • General knowledge of various mental illness and substance use symptoms and disorders.
  • Principles of record keeping and documentation as required.
  • Basic ethics appropriate to a helping relationship and understanding of confidentiality requirements.
  • General knowledge of community resources.
  • Skills in behavior management.
  • Skills in providing ongoing support as needed to promote ability to live independently and participate in the community.
  • Good interpersonal communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and concisely (written and oral);
  • Shows good judgement.
  • Allows an individual with a disability to assume appropriate degree of responsibility for herself/himself. 

Minimum Education and Experience:

Peer Certification or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.  Willingness to obtain PRS Certification upon hire if needed.  Must become a Registered Peer Recovery Specialist within 9 months of start date.  Experience with Drug Court programs and/or the criminal justice system is preferred.

Additional Requirements:

  • Possession of a current, and valid, driver’s license with acceptable driving record
  • Background check with favorable results
  • Mandt Training
  • CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Trauma Informed Training
  • Additional trainings as required

Other Information:

Equipment:  Telephone, copy machine, agency and/or personal vehicle, agency laptop, agency cell phone, word processing software, and EHR software.

Work Environment:  General office environment with normal lighting levels, temperature, air quality, ventilation, and noise levels.  Community settings (jail, court, home, workplaces, shelters, streets) and other locations with environment as determined by occupants.

Office Location: 1241 North Main Street, Harrisonburg, VA, and other sites as determined by program needs.

Work Hazards:  Minimal hazards associated with rehabilitation programs.

Work Schedule:  Monday through Friday, regular office hours; some evening hours may be required; additional hours to perform job requirements. Regular and reliable attendance is required.

HIPAA ACCESS LEVEL 2:  Full read/write access to protected health information (PHI), limited to the minimum necessary, for all clients directly served or assigned, as well as all clients indirectly served through case consultation, clinical supervision, program management, or coverage requirements.  Staff at Level 2 are allowed to seek out client PHI as necessary to perform their assigned duties, but are expected to exercise due precautions to limit exposure to any PHI which is outside the scope of their need to know.  Utilization of information will be in accordance with HIPAA regulations regarding use limitation, disclosure and requests of PHI.

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