Peer Recovery Specialist (CD), SUD -Contracted, Part-time, Non-benefited
If you are looking for a job in a close-knit atmosphere where you can fulfill a deeper sense of purpose with a group of professionals who are committed to excellence, we’d love to have you on our team! Hanover County Community Services Board is one of 40 public behavioral health safety net providers in Virginia. At Hanover County CSB, we partner with individuals to provide services in the areas of mental health, substance use disorders, and developmental disabilities in their efforts to lead satisfying and productive lives in their communities. We are committed to providing recovery and person-centered services with a focus on continuous quality improvement.
This position is a grant funded, part time, non-benefited position. The incumbent will work 20 to 25 hours per week.
This is a paraprofessional position. The incumbent works on a team by providing outreach, daily living skills, support, education, transportation and other community support services to individuals served. Peer Recovery Specialists are engaged in a number of areas, including at RAFT House, Intensive Community Treatment, Emergency Services and Outpatient Services. The incumbent’s unique contribution is the ability to utilize and share with individuals served his/her personal lived experience and knowledge around substance use disorder recovery and/or mental health recovery, empowering and inspiring individuals served to utilize their personal strengths and preferences in treatment services at the CSB.
The Peer Recovery Specialist reports to a Clinical Supervisor and supervises no staff. The Peer Recovery Specialist position is part of Hanover County’s Career Development Program (CD).
- Provides intensive outreach of individuals in their homes and in the community.
- Assists individuals to understand illness and/or addiction, symptom identification and coping skills.
- Teaches social skills, appropriate hygiene and other daily living skills, including conflict resolution.
- Arranges transportation to medical/clinical appointments and other community activities.
- Assists individuals in accessing natural community supports.
- Participates as a full member of a team, consulting with other agency staff on treatment planning and program planning.
- Provides clinical and administrative documentation consistent with licensure, accreditation and Medicaid standards.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Customers – Will work with individuals, who have a history of psychiatric behavior and/or substance use, and their families
- Conditions – May be exposed to places that are considered unsafe or unsanitary, often independently
C. Physical Effort
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Requires personal lived experience with substance use disorder and/or a mental health condition and willingness to share personal recovery experiences with individuals receiving services. Knowledge of signs and symptoms of mental illness, substance use disorders, behavior management and early indicators of crises. Ability to identify and access needed services and resources in the community and effectively link individuals served. Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with co-workers and individuals served. Effective oral and written skills to complete documentation and lead individuals served in training activities.
Education, Experience and Training:
High school diploma or equivalent required with a minimum of sixty (60) hours of classroom training in psychology, social work or related mental health field preferred. Requires personal experience with serious mental illness and/or substance use disorder and own recovery. Any equivalent combination of education, experience and/or training sufficient to demonstrate the knowledge, skills and abilities is acceptable. Must be eligible Peer Specialist designation; Peer Recovery Specialist certification preferred.
- Criminal Records Check, including fingerprinting
- Valid Commonwealth of Virginia Driver’s License
- CPS (Child Protective Services) Check
- TB test
- Twelve-month probationary period
- Work beyond normal schedule, including nights and weekends