Peer Recovery Support Specialist

2019-08-23T20:38:43+00:00January 9th, 2019|


The Peer Recovery Support Specialist performs a wide range of tasks to assist patients in regaining independence within the community and ownership over their own recovery process. To perform the general duties required of the Peer Recovery Support Specialist, the employee must have a high level of sensitivity to and acceptance of women who have a substance use and or/co-occurring disorder.

Must be a person with a lived experience of substance use disorder recovery or with a co-occurring mental health & substance use disorder who is in recovery.

No history of alcohol or other drug misuse for a period of two years immediately prior to the time of employment and no misuse of alcohol or other drugs while employed as a Peer Recovery Support Specialist.

High School degree or equivalent.

A valid driver’s license is required as some driving and/or transportation may be required to take patients to medical appointments, pick up prescriptions, etc.

Current First Aid and CPR certification or upon hire.

Knowledge of the disease concept of addiction and treatment process, and ability to function as a member of the treatment team.

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist must complete approved training and pass the certification examination within one year of hire.

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist is required to complete continuing education hours based upon NAADAC’s core competencies in order to maintain certification.

The Peer Recovery Support Specialist is required to abide by the National Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (NCPRSS) Code of Ethics, as well as Residence XII’s Code of Ethics.


  • Must have knowledge/familiarity of substance use disorder, mental health, and social service systems and resources
  • Demonstrate the ability to work effectively in a wide range of settings with people from diverse backgrounds, including clients and co-workers
  • Must possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to adapt to rapidly changing situations
  • Active involvement in the community and a willingness to collaborate with patients, professionals, and families
  • Knowledge of the 12 steps and AA/NA or other community based recovery supports
  • Helping individuals gain hope and learn to identify their strengths
  • Knowledge and skills to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individuals in self-directed recovery
  • Ability to assist individuals in addressing symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk
  • Demonstrating appropriate and professional boundaries with patients, while avoiding dual relationships


  • Serve as a mentor, advocate, and coach to recovering individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery
  • Function as a recovery role model to patients through exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills
  • Serve as an advocate to patients in inpatient and community settings
  • Welcome new patients, assist with intakes in coordination with the Assessment & Referral department for seamless entry
  • Maintain documentation in daily log or in patient’s health record of ongoing support
  • Provide case management services that suit the individual’s recovery needs based on their treatment plan goals
  • Help patients identify and connect with natural supports
  • Promote self-advocacy by assisting individuals in expressing their voice, needs, goals
  • Developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy
  • Maintain contact by phone with recovering person after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with care providers as needed
  • Manage the milieu: be responsible for patient safety and maintain presence in the facility
  • Assist with arranging and transporting patients to community appointments
  • Communicates and works closely with the treatment team and Inpatient Coordinator to maintain continuity of care
  • Under the supervision of the Inpatient Coordinator, coordinates and facilitates meetings or workshops as assigned
  • Interface with the Residence Manager and Night Supervisor when they are coming on duty for the continuum of care and communication of daily log information
  • Attend meetings as appropriate
  • Other duties as assigned by the Inpatient Coordinator or Treatment Director

Reports to the Inpatient Coordinator

To apply for this opportunity or for more information, please contact Erika Voris at

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