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Recovery Support Technician II/Peer Support (Recovery Community)

Company: Volunteers of America - Mid-States
Location: Manchester
Posted on: June 10, 2021

Job Description:

Located at: Recovery Community Center

PROGRAM: (RCC)- Home Department : 410079 - Manchester KY ARS

POSITION: 230ARS - Recovery Support Technician II/Peer Support

REPORTS TO: Program Manager -RCC


FUNCTION: Provide Peer Support for persons in Recovery

QUALIFICATIONS: High School Graduate or GED Ky Certified PSS preferred

Familiar with MS office. Proficient with MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint

Candidates must have personal lived experience with and have demonstrated 2 yrs. sustained recovery from Substance Use Disorder themselves.

Ideal Candidate will hold current Kentucky Peer Specialist (KPS) certification. Candidates must meet criteria for KY PSS certification and willing to complete necessary training immediately if not currently certified.

Individual must have an understanding of and respect for each individual's unique path to recovery. Specialist must have a working knowledge of the drug and alcohol treatment system and a demonstrated commitment to the recovery community. The Recovery Specialist's role is to support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. The Recovery Specialist will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator to recovering individuals in order to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The Recovery Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer to-peer relationships. Job may require weekends and evenings.


  1. Maintain project logs, reports and records in appropriate files and database(s).

  2. 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.

  3. Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible.

  4. Assist recovering persons to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and weaknesses regarding recovery.

  5. Assist/coach recovering persons develop their own plan for advancing their recovery; for "getting the life they want."

  6. Recovery Planning -- facilitate (via personal coaching) the transition from a professionally directed service plan to a self-directed Recovery Plan. The goal should be to transition from professionally assisted recovery initiation to personally directed, community supported recovery maintenance.

  7. Promote self-advocacy by assisting recovering persons to have their voices fully heard; their needs, goals and objectives established as the focal point of rehabilitation and clinical service.

  8. 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.

  9. Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups. Link individuals to appropriate professional resources when needed. Provide vision-driven hope and encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.).

  10. Develop relationships with community groups/agencies in partnership with others in the agency.

  11. As recovery specialist position evolves and knowledge increases, visit community resources with recovering persons to assist them in becoming familiar with potential opportunities.

  12. Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers.

  13. Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency if needed. Long-term engagement, support, and encouragement.

  14. Other duties as directed by Executive Director and/or Management Staff.

15.Develop, implement, and promote ongoing community training opportunities,


Assist persons in or seeking recovery to build recovery capital through demonstration of

positive recovery practices.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Keywords: Volunteers of America - Mid-States, Knoxville , Recovery Support Technician II/Peer Support (Recovery Community), Other , Manchester, Tennessee

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