Peer Recovery Specialist

Behavioral Health
Full Time
Behavioral Health
Full Time

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Under the direct supervision of the Senior Director of Behavioral Health and Supervisor of Behavioral Health, with day to day oversight by the Medication Assisted Treatment Program Coordinator, the Peer Recovery Specialist fulfills a unique role in the support and recovery of patients with a substance use disorder. The Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) is a person in recovery from substance use disorder, who has been trained to work with others on his/her individual road to recovery and incorporate personal experience to inspire hope in those they serve.  The PRS will work closely with clients and in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary integrated care team to optimize the patient experience and connection to the MAT program.  The PRS will be responsible for connecting with existing patients and conducting targeted outreach in the and around the surrounding areas of Trenton.  This is a full-time position that will require frequent, local travel.
Direct Service:
• Provide exceptional service and/or care to all patients, customers and team members. 
• With appropriate releases, communicates with family members and significant others as indicated.
• Work within the Greater Trenton area including high risk neighborhoods and areas to reach substance-using adults
• Conduct individualized and group meetings with clients and provide a set of non-clinical activities that engage, educate and offer support to individuals; Facilitating groups on recovery that are tailored to the needs of clients
• Teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience, including modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
• Serve as a recovery agent (providing and advocating for any effective recovery-based services to aid clients in daily living).
• Assist clients with community integration and making connections to recovery supports in the community.
• Comply with all regulations under HIPAA and relevant grant funding as applicable
• Maintain appropriate records of activities, participants, fidelity, and outcomes
• Attends team meetings with the program personnel and clinical staff to report and review program progress.
• Contacts key personnel at participating centers and other service/health-related organizations with access to target population to identify status of services and coordinate patient care.
• Assists in the collections of outcome data.
• Provides reports according to instructions from program coordinating staff.
• Other duties as assigned
Staff Development:
• Serves as a full member of the HJAHC clinical staff team.
• Participates fully in Behavioral Health departmental meetings and other agency meetings as warranted.
• Participates in professional and related meetings, conferences, and continuing education training as available; prepares reports as requested.
• Keeps appraised of developing areas of substance use and provides colleagues with updates as appropriate.
• Learns and implements various types of electronic and/or manual recording and information systems used by the Center or its related units.
• Education/Experience: High School diploma minimum requirement with working knowledge of addictions and the process of recovery.
• Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of Word Processing software as well as use of an electric medical record.
• Certificates and Licenses: Training and certification by the NJ Addictions Professional Board, Inc.   
• Working knowledge of addictions, Peer Recovery Specialist Certification required
• At least two years of personal substance use recovery; 
• Ability to read and comprehend instructions, correspondence and memos. Ability to write correspondence; effectively present information in one-on one and small groups to clients and other employees of the organization.
• Computer literate.
• Skill in the application of modern office techniques and practices and the use and care of office machines and equipment. Working knowledge of common software packages necessary to perform the functions of the position.
• Ability to review and abstract data from patient records.
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk, talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and use hands to handle, finger or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, or crouch.
• Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to focus.
The work environment characteristics describe here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.