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The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is trained and supervised by a Crossroads Supervising Counselor and is responsible for providing and support to others with substance abuse and help them achieve their personal recovery goals by promoting self-determination, personal responsibility, and the empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following and other duties that are assigned.
· Under the clinical supervision of a Supervising Counselor, the CPRS assists in developing and monitoring a recovery plan in collaboration with their patients
· Teaches, role models, coaches how to use resources and navigate the mental health and/or substance use disorder systems.
· Teaches, supports, coaches the acquisition and exercise of skills needed for management of symptoms.
· Encourages appropriate use of medication; holds patients accountable for their actions; teaches, models monitoring symptoms and/or medication reactions, effective communication with doctors and therapists.
· Teaches, models, coaches skills and attributes needed to attain and maintain employment and housing.
· Other duties as assigned by Program Supervisor or designee.
Qualification Requirements: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Position requires constant mental alertness, attention to detail, and high degree of accuracy required in completing all assignments. Strong problem-solving skills. Smart, driven, exceptional work ethic. Must be able to follow oral and written instructions and follow –through on all assignments. Excellent organizational skills. Highly detailed-oriented. Ability to work well in a group setting and independently.
Education and/or Experience:
· A Certified Recovery Specialist must be at least eighteen (18) years of age or older; have a high school diploma or General Equivalency Degree (GED); have current or past mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder; self-identify as a person who is in recovery from mental illness, substance abuse, or co-occurring disorder as part of his or her personal recovery process; have demonstrated self-directed recovery for a minimum of 24 consecutive months; have successfully completed the state’s Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Training within the past year; have successfully demonstrated competency through testing and evaluation as required by the state Certified Recovery Specialist Training; completion of 75 hours of supervision preferred but not required upon hire.
Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret human service periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as percentages, mean, mode and median ability to draw and interpret graphs.
Reasoning Ability: Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Physical Demands: 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 talk or hear. The employee regularly is required to stand, walk, sit, use hand to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms.
The employee occasionally lifts/carries paperwork, files, office supplies, up to 20 lbs., pushes/pulls exerting up to 5-10 lbs. force, opening doors, file drawers, pushing files in drawers, and kneeling/crouching and/or ability to reach lower file drawers, file stretching to store of retrieve materials. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus. Frequent sitting at desk or computer while typing, completing paperwork, or meeting with patients.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
Normal office environment where there is no physical discomfort cue to temperature, dust, noise, and the like. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.