Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Gardnerville, United States

Position Title

Peer Recovery Support Specialist

Job Type



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.