The Bensalem Community Recovery Unit Certified Recovery Specialist

Organization: 
The Council of Southeast Pennsylvania, Inc.
Location: 
Bensalem, PA

The Bensalem Community Recovery Unit (B-CRU) Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) will work in partnership with the Bensalem PA Police Department and EMS staff. This position’s function is in response to opioid overdoses in the community, to provide information to victims and/or their families about recovery support services, treatment options and other supports. The Recovery Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships and have an understanding of and respect for each individual’s unique path to recovery.

Deadline: 
4/13/20
Responsibilities: 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:
• Work with police and EMS personnel in emergency or crisis situations; facilitate access to appropriate resources, negotiating and connecting individuals with resources and navigating the systems.
• Engage in relationship building and active listening with individuals to establish rapport, as evidenced by empathetic and active listening, communicating in a non-judgmental way, recognizing addictive behavior.
• Maintain valid driver’s license and safe driving record.
• Conduct self in an ethical manner by adhering to the PCACB codes of ethics, standards of practice, and Council policy and procedures.

DAILY JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Work with police and EMS personnel in emergency or crisis situations; facilitate access to appropriate resources, negotiating and connecting individuals with resources and navigating the systems.
2. Actively identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.) that support the recovering person’s goals and interests. This will involve a collaborative effort including the recovering person, agency staff and other relevant stakeholders.
3. Collaborate with institutions to provide effective recovery support services to identified individuals.
4. Provide recovery education to service recipients for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance.
5. Provide peer-based recovery support, coaching and encouragement to individuals contemplating or actively seeking help with substance use recovery.
6. Work on-site with Bensalem EMS to assist with identified emergency or crisis situations and facilitate access to appropriate resources, negotiating and connecting individuals with resources and navigating the systems. Ride-along in Emergency Unit vehicle.
7. Follow up with opioid overdose survivors and families to provide ongoing support and connect with appropriate recovery support resources.
8. Participate in position-specific trainings needed for proper implementation of program, attending all required CRS trainings and supervision to maintain CRS credential.
9. Participate in supervision and support to maintain proper self-care.
10. Maintain project logs, reports and accurate records in appropriate files and database(s), adhering to program standards.
11. Maintain confidentiality regarding information received during the facilitation of recovery support services – maintain current understanding of federal, state and local confidentiality rules and regulations.
12. Other duties as directed by Executive Director and/or Management Staff.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate with experience and other qualifications.

Qualifications: 

• Must be a Certified Recovery Specialist with at least one year of experience working in behavioral health field.
• Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, The Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check required.
• Recovery Specialist must be in recovery with at least 2 years sustained, current recovery history.
• Position is based in Bucks County with the expectation that the CRS will meet with eligible individuals in the community. CRS must use private vehicle, be able to work independently and collaborate with behavioral health systems representatives.

Contact Info: 

Resumes/cover letters should be sent to deckert@councilsepa.org

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