Recovery Coach/Peer Mentor - Lawrence, KS
Title: Recovery Coach
Reports to: Recovery Coach Supervisor
The Recovery Coach provides advocacy and support to individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) who are receiving services through Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center (HRADAC). The primary area of support is focused on recovery from addiction but will also support stabilization in other areas such as physical health, mental health, social, recreational and life skills coaching.
The Recovery Coach role is designed to be a supplement to treatment services, case management and/or care coordination services. It is an integral part to the Recovery Oriented Systems of Care model of community based services. The primary purpose is to help bridge the gap between professional treatment and sustainable recovery and to help individuals begin, maintain, and improve the quality of individual and family recovery.
The Recovery Coach position is designed to connect with the client who is in early recovery or struggling to establish early recovery. A course in mentor training focused on addictions, in addition to recovery experience, helps establish a peer relationship.
The Recovery Coach will be a part of the HRADAC Care Coordination clinical team with the responsibility to help individuals gain access to needed resources, services, or supports that help them achieve and maintain recovery from their substance abuse disorder.
Although part of an HRADAC Clinical team, the Recovery Coach’s role is a non-clinical one. This position will not diagnosis, provide counseling or referral, or focus on clinical issues, or trauma. The Recovery Coach will provide direct support to recovery solutions identified in the Strength Based Assessment tool.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Please note that this is a brief outline of the position. Other tasks and duties may be assigned at the discretion of Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center.
- Provide listening, support, and peer interaction to all assigned clients beginning recovery.
- Communicate with clients in face to face meetings or by phone using appropriate listening, problem-solving, and relationship building skills. Provide Informational Support by assisting clients with tools on recovery/health/wellness issues that will help in acquiring new skills (i.e. life skills to employment readiness).
- Provide instructional support by assisting the client with concrete help in task achievement, especially with stressful and difficult tasks such as filling out applications, finding childcare and establishing transportation options to support group meetings or to work.
- Provide emotional support for the client through the recovery continuum of care.
- Plan and execute social/recreational activities on a group and individual basis. Coordinate community support services as needed.
- Track and document client outcomes and provide reports to the Care Coordinators/Clinical Director, or Executive Team, as requested.
- Participate in the development and maintenance of community partnerships as requested. Attend community coalitions as assigned.
- Follow the policies and procedures of HRADAC, particularly as they apply to the Scope of Practice for Kansas Certified Peer Mentor set forth by DCF/KDADS.
SKILLS AND ATTRIBUTES:
- Able to demonstrate considerable independent judgment and initiative when carrying out the position responsibilities.
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Displays courtesy, tact, respect and acceptance toward clients, members of the general public, community members, and other stakeholders.
- Ethical behavior as demonstrated through honesty, accountability, and maintaining confidentiality.
- Able to manage time and resources demonstrated by ability to manage multiple tasks and to prioritize tasks appropriately.
- Works well in departmental and community organization teams; attentive and cooperative with others in order to successfully accomplish tasks.
- Detail-oriented, timely and accurate completion of reports, paperwork and timesheet.
- Able to work with diverse clients and stakeholders.
- Reliable degree of behavioral stability, clean and sober.
- Understand and demonstrates appropriate boundaries at all times.
- Knowledge of public transportation in your community is a plus.
- On call and non-traditional hours required.
- A valid driver’s license, dependable transportation, and proof of auto insurance must be maintained.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Must be 18 years of age or older.
- Lived experience in recovery for addictions, through personal experience or a family member with personal experience, is required.
- Must have a minimum of 24-48 months of continuous recovery and be working a stable recovery program (i.e. twelve-step groups, church/spiritual, other recovery support group).
- Service work associated to recovery, such as sponsoring, holding positions in home group, district, and state level as well as volunteer activities in the community is preferred. Service work that demonstrates quality recovery, is ideal.
- Basic Peer Mentor 6-hour introductory training and 15-hour advanced training will be required to be completed within 1 year of employment.
- Experience and ability to use multiple computer applications, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel and internet-based platforms is required.
For more information, contact:
Kris Carnahan, Director of Operations & Administrative Services
Heartland Regional Alcohol & Drug Assessment Center
913-789-0952 or 1-800-281-0029