This position supports individuals to make life changes necessary to recover from substance use disorders and connects them to services. The activities are non-clinical, educational and coaching in nature. The focus is on recovery and wellness along with development of trusting relationships. A key element that enhances and distinguishes this position is that candidates share their own lived experience to engage individuals towards recovery support services.
Essential Job Duties:
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Serves as personal guide, mentor and role model for individuals seeking recovery.
- Participates in integration of Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) services to understand individual’s history and motivation to change.
- Utilizes active listening and motivational skills to raise individual’s level of contemplation or commitment towards recovery
- Maintains nonjudgmental stance while promoting recovery, encourages hope and optimism and assists individual to problem solve.
- Provides helpful information, suggestions and options, to individual and family member as applicable towards building recovery capital.
- Establishes contacts and collaborations with recovery support services in the community.
- Maintains strong communication skills with other health professionals, coworkers and clients while protecting individual’s privacy and confidentiality.
- Provides documentation and data collection as directed utilizing basic computer skills to include Microsoft Word, Excel, and Electronic Medical Record.
- Provides post-discharge referrals and assists in directly linking and scheduling (if applicable) patients to attend internal or external recovery support network and services.
- Provides staff education when requested on the role of Peer Support in the Addiction Treatment Continuum.
Required Minimum Education: High School Diploma or GED.
Required Minimum Experience: Minimum of two years of recovery from an addictions or co-occurring disorder.
Must complete peer specialist core training, peer counselor or comparable training program from a recognized and approved source within six months of entry into position.
Must achieve certification as a Maryland Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS), through the Maryland Addiction and Behavioral-health Professionals Certification Board, within 18 months of hire.
Valid Maryland driver’s license and a driving record with no more than two points.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Knowledgeable about the signs of substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and the recovery process for individuals.
Knowledgeable about treatment resources in the community and is able to work across multiple frameworks of recovery including Medication Assisted Treatment.
Knowledgeable about different recovery roles including sponsor, clinician, counselor and peer and the ability to maintain boundaries between roles.
Demonstrates a commitment to both ongoing personal recovery and continuing education.
Knowledge about peer based resources such as 12-step programs and other peer based recovery supports in the community.
Knowledge of basic level of care determinations, such as indications for outpatient or inpatient services, will be helpful in fulfilling position duties.
Commitment to individual capacity to change.
Familiarity with Stages of Changes desirable.
Understands and agrees to follow Maryland Addictions Professional Certification Board Code of Ethics.
Working Conditions, Equipment and Physical Demands:
Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 30 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
There is reasonable expectation that employees in this position will be exposed to blood-borne pathogens.
Employees in this position may occasionally be exposed to hostile and emotionally upset patients, visitors and employees.