Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Job Type


NE9 (17.83-26.75)

Clinic Behavioral Health


Position Summary

This position is responsible for providing therapeutic behavioral health peer support in substance recovery for Washoe and American Indian/Alaskan Native adults, adolescents, and their families working on recovering from substance use, abuse, and/or addiction. Maintains confidentiality of all privileged information.
Minimum Qualifications
  • High school diploma or GED and one year experience in peer recovery support, addictive and mental health treatment, or a combination of education and experience.

  • At least two year of sobriety.

  • At least two years of no law enforcement convictions.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
  • Engage in community outreach, patient engagement, referrals, and provide resources.

  • Provide peer support services to clients under the supervision of the Director of Behavioral Health.

  • Interact with clients as a peer by sharing common experiences and modeling resiliency and recovery.

  • Functions as a role model to peers; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills.

  • Meeting with clients regularly to offer one-on-one support and counseling.

  • Lead and co-facilitate substance recovery support and/or therapy groups.

  • Develops recovery plans, coping methods, rehabilitation, and harm reduction strategies with clients.

  • Works with administrative assistants and team members to arrange medical appointments, therapy sessions, support groups, and other resources to aid the client.

  • Observation and reporting any unusual behavior, conflicts, or recovery deviations to the relevant professionals.

  • Acknowledges the importance of language and culture, intersecting identities, knowledge, and acceptance of dynamics of cultural differences, expansion of cultural knowledge, and adaptation of services to meet culturally unique needs.

  • Represent the Health Center in a positive manner with tribal members and professionals.

  • Facilitate cultural and evidenced-based behavior intervention techniques.

  • Collect and compile data to provide progress updates regarding youth with Healing Center Clinical and Prevention Teams, parents, schools, and other involved agencies.

  • Serve as a member of the Healing Center’s treatment and prevention teams.

  • Participate in patient care and Individual Education Planning meetings on behalf of individuals.

  • Seek further training and knowledge in behavioral healthcare to remain current with behavioral health standards of care.

  • Adhere to all healthcare standards as related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)

  • Performs other duties as required for the position.

Knowledge, Abilities, Skills, and Certifications
  • Knowledge of Washoe and American Indian/Alaska Native People and their history

  • Knowledge of the functions and structure of the Washoe Tribe.

  • Within 30 days of hire complete the State of Nevada Peer Recovery Support Specialist 46hour certification course.

  • Within 30 days of hire develop an understanding of records management procedures and the use of an electronic health record system.

  • Within 30 days of hire develop an understanding of applicable federal, state, and local regulatory laws and regulations including established professional standards.

  • Within 30 days of hire develop an understanding of medical and psychiatric rehabilitation terminology.

  • Within 30 days of hire develop an understanding of behavioral (psychological, emotional, and social) needs.

  • Within 30 days of hire develop an understanding of the community resources for behavioral health-related issues.

  • Ability to analyze problems, devise solutions, and make sound decisions.

  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative/effective work relationships with participants, partners, professionals, and the public.

  • Ability to plan, organize, and express ideas clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in the English language both verbally and in writing.

  • Ability to represent the organization in a professional manner, building respect and confidence.

  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.

  • Skill in operating personal computers and using computer software.

  • Skill using basic arithmetic.

Physical Demands
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit; use hands to handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee is frequently required to walk; occasionally is required to operate a motor vehicle, stand, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

Work Environment
  • Work is generally performed in an office setting with a moderate noise level.