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Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

companyKolmac
locationFredericksburg, VA 22401, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/13/2023
Allied Health

Target start date of June 1, 2024

Job Overview: 

The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) at Kolmac Integrated Behavioral Health and all its subsidiaries ("Kolmac" or the "Company") provides peer recovery support services in collaboration with a multi-disciplinary team of providers that comprehensive and integrated treatment to individuals with substance use disorders.  The CPRS serves as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering individuals to help prevent disengagement from treatment, relapse and promote long-term recovery. PRS is invaluable for Kolmac-CCG patients at times of crisis, return to use, disengagement – and work alongside the clinicians to intervene and prevent discontinuation of treatment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Establish authentic peer-to-peer relationships with patients enrolled in Kolmac’s and CCG’s addiction treatment services; providing recovery education and support as patients move through the various phases (pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization and sustained recovery maintenance).
  • Facilitate weekly peer support groups that promote self-advocacy and allow patients a voice and a forum in which they can express their point of view, share experiences, and communicate their preferences.
  • Collaborate with the program’s leadership, providers, and support staff to develop a culture where patient’s point of view and experiences are respected and understood.
  • Facilitate through personal coaching the development of a self-directed recovery plan that assists in identifying the patient’s strengths and recovery goals for opioid addicted individuals that results in a transition to community supported recovery maintenance.
  • Actively identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self-help, professional services, etc.) that support the recovering of personal goals and interest. 
  • Collaborate with the Center Directors and Clinical Supervisors to develop a peer informed strategy to provide effective outreach that result in improved patient recruitment and fosters a congenial relationship between Kolmac & CCG and community residents and works to decrease stigma associated with drug treatment for individuals.  
  • Participate in planning and implementation activities to assure that Peer Recovery Support Services are an integral part of the planning, implementation, and delivery of treatment services
  • Work in collaboration with the Admissions/Intake team to support, monitor and advocate for patients, promote self-advocacy, and identify barriers during the Intake and Orientation process.
  • Provide peer recovery support services to patients referred who are demonstrating signs of disengagement, a need for enhanced support and those who are interested in strengthening their recovery.
  • Communicate effectively with staff, leadership, patients, and the community at large.
  • Document all services in an accurate and timely manner and within standards and regulations required.
  • Ensure that documentation is completed thoroughly and in a timely fashion as indicated by CARF and state standards.
  • Every contact interaction is documented in Credible (Kolmac) or SAMMS’s (CCG) within 24 hours of the service.
  • Conducts evidence-based programming for prevention and resilient families onsite and virtually. Conduct workshops and education seminars.
  • Connects patients and their families with community resources for recovery support.
  • Ensure all patients at risk for overdose complete naloxone training during treatment.
  • Ensures patients complete their routine BAM, SNAP, and/or other assessments.
  • Serve as liaison between Alumnus, Clinical Supervisors, Center Directors, and Practice Managers.
  • Meet new patients during their first week of treatment.
  • Expectation is a 70% utilization contact/productivity.
  • Conduct brief 1:1 session.
  • Attend Clinical Team Meetings
  • Facilitates 45-minute, weekly education sessions in-person or via zoom webinar (known as “third hour”), including but not limited to topics like: transitioning from IOP to OP, importance of ongoing treatment, building recovery capital, importance of connecting with recovery support.
  • Calls to patients when they are a no show to scheduled clinical or medical services to foster re-engagement in the treatment program.
  • Contacts patient alumni for the first 90 days post-treatment and documents contact.
  • Attends daily IOP groups to support clinical group process, focusing on recovery tools and resources, and demonstrating a lived recovery experience.
  • Maintain a list of Alumnus willing to meet patients at sober support meetings.
  • Will provide recovery support by talking with patients struggling with maintaining abstinence or staying in treatment, providing encouragement, motivation, and support.
  • Administers lifesaving NARCAN in the event of an overdose episode. Utilizes CPR/AED in the event of cardiac arrest.
  • Completes continuing education as required to acquire and maintain certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist. Maintains current, accurate knowledge of trends and issues related to wellness and recovery.
  • Assist in linking patients to community recovery resources.
  • Conduct phone contacts and schedule times to meet with Kolmac patients who reside at sober living homes to assist with providing additional community resources.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications - Education and Experience: 

  • Must Haves:
  • A high school diploma or equivalent,
  • Worked for at least 1-year, full time, or part time, paid or voluntary work experience.
  • Must understand and respect for everyone’s unique path to recovery and must have a working knowledge of the drug and alcohol treatment system and demonstrated commitment to the recovery community.
  • Must have 3 years of continuous abstinence.

Qualifications - Licenses and Other Required Credentials: 

  • Completed training requirements for a Certified Peer Specialist.  Peer Recovery Specialist Certification is preferred and if not certified at hiring, must become certified within 18 months of their hire date.
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