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POWER's mission is to help women reclaim their lives from addiction and related emotional health issues and improve the well-being of future generations.  We are an agency committed to providing quality gender-responsive, trauma-informed treatment and recovery supportive services to individuals with substance use and co-occurring disorders.

Mentors at POWER – employees with lived experience – provide peer recovery support services to high-risk individuals who are 18 years of age or older. The services Mentors provide are non-clinical and ideally are most successful when combined with professionally-directed care including drug and alcohol treatment. Mentors serve as recovery and wellness coaches by modeling healthy recovery, teaching the skills necessary to achieve and sustain recovery, and supporting clients in their efforts toward making recovery-oriented changes in their lives. Through a client-centered approach and within a Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC), Mentors assist their clients by linking them to needed resources and services in the community and helping them develop their own system of natural supports. The key to the Mentor’s work is forming healthy growth-producing relationships, sharing success in overcoming barriers, and motivating clients to responsible action.

907 West Street Pittsburgh, PA 15221

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

Provide on-going recovery support services to approximately 20 – 30 individuals who are in various stages of the recovery process including, for example, those who are ambivalent or pre-contemplative about making recovery-oriented life changes and those who are already in recovery but need help sustaining their recovery gains as they continue to build a foundation for long-term success.

Provide outreach and utilize assertive engagement strategies to connect with individuals and help motivate them to consider beginning or strengthening their recovery.

Work collaboratively with the client to complete a needs assessment that identifies strengths and needs and develop an individualized Recovery Plan (within the first 6 months of admission) that is based on concrete, measurable, realistic goals that reflect the needs assessment. Review the Recovery Plan every 6 months and monitor progress toward goals per agency’s policies and procedures.

Encourage and support individuals in accessing and remaining engaged in treatment for substance use disorders, as well as for co-occurring disorders or mental illness. Using Motivational Interviewing, help to motivate clients to consider treatment and link to appropriate assessment services.

Provide education and information about self-help groups including, for example, 12-Step Programs, faith-based institutions or organizations, etc.; help connect clients to these community-based resources.


Must be at least 18 years of age, have a minimum of 5 years’ experience living with a substance use disorder, and a minimum of 5 years’ of demonstrated recovery time. Must be willing to share personal recovery experience.

Possess a high school diploma or GED.

CRS (Certified Recovery Specialist) credential preferred; or ability to complete required training for subsequent certification by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) within three months of hire.

Two years’ work history in a behavioral health care environment preferred, but not required.