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Why You’ll Love This Job

General Description:
The Peer Recovery Support Specialist is a peer support worker who has been successful in the recovery process who assists others experiencing similar situations. Through shared understanding, respect, and mutual empowerment, peer support workers help people become and stay engaged in the recovery process and reduce the likelihood of relapse.  

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Conduct peer mentoring and coaching.
  • Provide referrals to recovery and community resources.
  • Promote utilization of and access to behavioral health and supportive services.
  • Provide advocacy for people in recovery engaged in co-occurring care services (mental health and substance misuse).
  • Facilitate and lead recovery support groups.
  • Provide goal planning to support patient self-direction, empowerment, and choice through the recovery process.
  • Utilize and share recovery lived experience to empower and support patient growth in recovery process.
  • Provide services and/or training as appropriate.
  • Build community relationships and resource networks to enhance patient access and referral processes.
  • Engage in recovery support advocacy efforts with public stakeholders and policymakers.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Recovery-oriented: hold out hope to those they serve and help those they served identify and build on strengths and empower them to choose for themselves, recognizing there are multiple pathways to recovery.
  • Person-centered: align with the specific hopes, goals, and preferences of the people served and respond to specific needs of patients.
  • Relationship-focused: build a respectful, trusting, empathetic, collaborative, and mutual relationship with patients.
  • Trauma-informed: utilize a strength-based framework that emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety and create opportunities for survivors to rebuild a sense of control and empowerment.
  • Proficient interpersonal skills including the ability to function in a team setting and to communicate effectively with staff at program and leadership levels.

Education and Experience

  • Associate degree in human/social services or relevant field.
  • Holds lived experience in the recovery process from mental health and/or substance misuse conditions. The Peer Recovery Support Specialist is open to skillfully sharing their story and using their lived experience as a way of inspiring and supporting a person living with behavioral health conditions.
  • Preferred: Completed certification for Peer Support Specialist though Texas Health and Human Services, Texas Certification Board of Addiction Professionals.

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Type: Full Time (Hourly)
Job ID: 90185