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Recovery Support Specialist - RSI - Lansing Correctional Facility

The Recovery Support Specialist (RSS) provides advocacy and support to individuals with substance use disorders (SUD) who are receiving services at RSI. The Recovery Support Specialist will provide assistance in triage of clients to determine appropriate admission, routine care & monitoring for clients on the unit.   

The primary purpose is to help bridge the gap between professional treatment and sustainable recovery, helping individuals begin to understand the possibility of individual and family recovery.  

The RSS position is designed to connect with the client who has been admitted to RSI and may be struggling to establish early recovery.  

The RSS will be a part of the RSI clinical team with the responsibility to provide supervision and monitoring of clients, while promoting a safe and sober environment.  


  • Provide listening, support, and peer interaction to all assigned clients beginning recovery.
  • Communicate with clients in face to face 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.
  • Track and document client outcomes and provide reports as directed by the Unit Supervisor.
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • Non-traditional hours may be necessary to meet the needs of unit staffing.  RSI is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.


  • Must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Willing to Complete a 6 hour introductory course to Basic Peer Mentoring (or in process).
  • Familiarity with the need of persons with addictions through personal experience or a family member with personal experience.
  • Must have a minimum of 48 months of continuous recovery and be working a stable recovery program (i.e. twelve step, 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 more quality recovery may be considered in lieu of full 48 months of recovery.
  • Experience and ability to use multiple computer applications, including but not limited to, Microsoft Office Suite applications including Word, Excel and Outlook, and internet based database applications as required

Send resume to:   
Kris Carnahan, Director of Operations & Administrative Services  
Heartland Regional Alcohol & Drug Assessment Center  
913-789-0952 or 1-800-281-0029