Peer Recovery Specialist

Since 1968, Integrity House has provided comprehensive and successful addiction treatment services for individuals with substance use disorders. In addition to being CARF accredited, Integrity House is recognized statewide as a treatment leader. The organization offers inpatient, outpatient and medication-assisted treatments, halfway houses, and sober living options, in combination with support services, to individuals with substance use and other co-occurring mental health diagnoses that get them on the path of sustainable recovery.

Integrity House is looking for a Peer Recovery Specialist will be a part of the Road to Recovery team which will station itself at Essex County hotspots Monday through Friday. This individual will work to target individuals who could benefit from services as the van stops at the different hotspots. The Peer Recovery Specialist will build a rapport with all participants and visitors to promote a safe and stigma-free zone. This individual will work closely with the team to track individual engagement and attendance and will be critical for follow up. The individual will connect individuals to community support groups, self-help resources and 12 step meetings.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

• Assists the team in coordinating care with other service providers in the Agency or community.
• Participates as a member of the interdisciplinary team to ensure provision of services and referral and linkage related to social determinants of health.
• Function as a mentor, guide, and resource for consumers.
• In collaboration with participants and staff, provide recovery support services that are flexible to ensure cultural relevancy and address consumers’ preferences and identified needs.
• Provides direct support to the consumer and their natural supports including psycho-education, advocacy, crisis intervention, community integration, and skill development.
• Support consumers as they move through the stages of change to encourage them in their recovery.
• Assist consumers with gaining skills and resources needed to initiate and maintain recovery.
• Assist in establishing and sustaining a social and physical environment supportive of recovery.
• Accompany consumers to appointments for support when possible.
• Help consumers maintain healthy community, family and social functioning.
• Promote wellness, empowerment self-care, and self-advocacy; teach consumers how to practice positive self-talk and combat negative self-talk and fears; and demonstrate problem-solving techniques to consumers.

Job qualifications include:

Required Education and Experience:
• High School Diploma or equivalent
• Two (2) years of experience working with individuals with substance use disorders
• Minimum of two (2) years of abstinence from substance use

Required Licensing and Certification:
• Peer recovery specialist certification
• NJ driver’s license

Specialized Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:
• Working knowledge of recovery
• Thorough understanding of the 12 Steps as well as other self and mutual recovery support groups
• Ability to guide participants toward identification and development of positive supports within the community
• Effective interpersonal skills
• Ability to utilize evidence-based practices learned during orientation period
• Ability to maintain confidentiality
• Ability to work effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary team.
• Bilingual a plus

Interested candidates may send a written cover letter expressing interest in the position and a resume to lhall@integrityhouse.org.

Full-time employees receive an excellent benefits package that includes paid holidays, vacation, sick and personal days; medical, dental and vision benefits; short and long-term disability, life insurance; 403(b) retirement and profit sharing plan with a dollar-for-dollar match up to 3% maximum compensation.

INTEGRITY HOUSE IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER COMMITTED TO DIVERSITY
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