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Recovery Support Specialist

Riverbend Community Mental Health

Founded in 1963, Riverbend Community Mental Health is a private, nonprofit organization providing specialized behavioral health services in central New Hampshire. Core services include 24/7 emergency mobile crisis services; counseling services for children, adults, and families; addiction treatment; and community support, vocational services, and residential programs for adults and seniors. Evidence-based models of treatment guide all our work, and we strongly believe in the power of self-directed growth and recovery.

Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc., one of the largest providers of community-based behavioral health services in New Hampshire, is seeking a full-time Peer Recovery Specialist to join a new project working with clients with a Substance Use/Opioid Use Disorder.
This position requires a person who is grounded in peer-assisted recovery.  Because of his/her life experience with substance use and/or other addictions, the Recovery Specialist provides expertise that clinical training cannot replicate.  Recovery Specialists report to the Program Manager and are fully integrated team members who provide psycho-education and recovery coaching.  Recovery engagement specialists also provide essential expertise and consultation to the entire team to promote a culture in which clients’ points of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into support, treatment, rehabilitation, and community-based recovery-oriented systems of care.

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Lived experience with and knowledge of substance use treatment, recovery coaching and other related human services required.
  • Knowledge of the system of care for substance use and mental health treatment, as well as available resources in Merrimack County and surrounding areas preferred.
  • Certification as a CRSW or willing to work to obtain it is required.
  • Excellent communication, problem-solving, time management and organizational skills required.
  • Valid driver’s license, personal vehicle, and auto insurance or access to a reasonable alternative is required.
  • Provide support to clients who present by phone or in person to the substance use/opioid use disorders program in recovery-oriented skills, activities of daily living, socialization, and community integration.
  • Provide support and engagement strategies to individuals both individually and in groups.
  • Provide early intervention to clients who have relapsed or whose recovery is at risk.
  • Participate in client data gathering as required by the state of NH which includes government specified measurement tools.
  • Maintain contact with clients until they are successfully engaged with external providers.
  • Provide outreach services to clients when they appear to have not engaged following their call or have disengaged from services/provider contact.
  • Support the distribution and training for Naloxone to individuals and organizations in Merrimack County and surrounding towns.
  • Maintain healthy boundaries to ensure a high quality and safe therapeutic relationship with clients.
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Date Added: November 30, 2018

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