Recovery Support Specialist
Company: UMass Med School
Posted on: January 27, 2023
Recovery Support Specialist
6 days ago(1/18/2023 2:39 PM)
# of Openings
Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
POSITION SUMMARY: The Recovery Support Specialist provides peer
recovery support services to patients with substance use disorder
(SUD) and will assist patients in achieving sustained recovery.
Facilitates patient access to recovery oriented substance use
disorder treatment, resources, and community recovery groups.
Bridges the segregated treatment system into a more holistic care
model through providing support across multiple systems of care.
Maintain ongoing patient support regardless of client relapse and
will serve as a motivator, ally, role model, problem-solver, and
advocate for patients with substance use disorders. Possesses
thorough understanding of community culture to address the barriers
to successful recovery, better tailor health messages, and provide
links to community resources and treatment options.
- Serves as a liaison between the
recovery community, the addiction treatment system, the medical
treatment system, and the patient's community, family, and social
context to facilitate connections across systems of care.
- Engages with patients identified with SUD referred by
- Meets with patients with SUD prior to discharge and facilitate
patient access to next stage of treatment. Conducts initial needs
assessment, reviews the patient's SUD history, and identifies the
patient's goals and expectations together with clinical staff,
facilitate referrals to appropriate disposition options for
- Works collaboratively with treatment team to implement
evidence-based services to patients with SUD.
- Helps patient navigate the healthcare system and social service
system; accompany patients to appointments and meetings as
- Provides transportation to clients to attend meetings and
appointments as needed.
- Educates patients about addiction and utilize motivational
enhancement techniques to explore ambiguity and tip the scales
- Provides peer counseling and support patients in establishing
treatment goals and achieving and maintaining recovery.
- Addresses barriers to successful recovery and serves as role
model and advocate.
- Conducts active outreach efforts to encourage attendance and
participation in recovery-oriented, self-help, and pro-social
- Assists with access to treatment for SUD and co-occurring
conditions, creating systems and procedures to rapidly identify
treatment needs and determine appropriate level of care.
- Assists with data collection for quality assurance and program
- Develops a relapse prevention/intervention plan with patients
and care team.
- Monitors patients' progress and evaluate outcome, using a
patient tracking system.
- Clearly and effectively facilitates communication between the
patient, PCP, consulting psychiatrist, and any external providers
maintaining appropriate confidentiality procedures and
- Maintains accurate and up-to-date records and standardized data
on all patients. Systematically reviews the caseload with the
supervisor each week, focusing on new patients and patients who are
- Current Certification as a Recovery Coach or Peer
- Minimum of 3 years in sustained recovery.
- Reliable transportation and comprehensive insurance
- Strong interpersonal, facilitation, and leadership skills.
- Ability to work independently as well as part of a
multidisciplinary team of psychologists, physicians, social
workers, and nurses.
- Strong advocacy skills along with knowledge of community based
services, resources, and local recovery community.
- Comfort with multiple pathways to recovery from SUD and
willingness to embrace a patient-centered approach that recognizes
an individual's preferences and autonomy ("recovery by any means
- Comfort in working in both medical and social service
- Clinical skills in motivational enhancement strategies.
- Ability to provide accurate feedback without judgment or
- Flexibility to adapt to unforeseen needs or circumstances.
- Excels at problem solving and multi-tasking, organized,
efficient and goal directed. Ability to maintain effective working
relationships with patients/families and staff.
- Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication
- Effective use of the Internet and Microsoft Office programs
such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
- Ability to handle confidential information.
Keywords: UMass Med School, Worcester , Recovery Support Specialist, Other , Worcester, Massachusetts
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