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Position Summary:

Peer Recovery Specialists engage in various activities, including advocacy, resource linkage, sharing experiences, community and relationship building, group facilitation, skill building, mentoring, and goal setting. Peer Recovery Specialists may also plan and develop groups, services, or activities, supervise other peer workers, provide training, gather information on resources, administer programs, educate the public and policymakers, and work to raise awareness for substance use or mental health disorders and recovery-based treatment options.

Peer Recovery Specialists will work alongside the Clark County Drug Court team to assist in guiding individuals with substance use and mental health disorders through the specialty court by offering education, resources, and support that improve outcomes for participants and the program.

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Maintain project logs, reports, and records in appropriate files and database(s) as developed by the peer program and specialty court team;
  • Provide recovery education to service participants through group facilitation, one-on-one encounters, and resource brokering;
  • Assist recovering persons in identifying their personal interests, goals, strengths, and weaknesses regarding recovery;
  • Assist/support recovering persons in developing their own plan for advancing their recovery;
  • Collaborate with the specialty court team, from the intake procedure through the aftercare phase, and fostering a continuum of care;
  • Promote self-advocacy by ensuring recovering persons have their voices fully heard and that their needs, goals, and objectives are established as the focal point of rehabilitation and clinical services;
  • Actively identify and support linkages to community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self-help groups, professional services, etc.) that support the recovering person’s goals and interests. A collaborative effort, this includes the recovering person, specialty court team, and other relevant members of the participant’s support network;
  • Support connections to community-based, mutual self-help groups. Link individuals to appropriate professional resources when needed. Provide vision-driven hope and encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community-based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.);
  • Develop relationships with community groups/organizations in partnership with others in the agency;
  • Visit community resources with recovering persons to assist them in becoming familiar with potential opportunities as the recovery specialist position evolves and knowledge increases;
  • Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and develop strategies to overcome those barriers;
  • Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering persons after they leave the program to ensure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support if needed;
  • Attend, develop, and promote ongoing community training opportunities, including certification requirements;
  • Work with staff and other community professionals to implement and promote recovery-oriented training programs and educational opportunities regarding substance use and mental health disorder trends; and attend weekly supervisions with a Certified Peer Recovery Peer Supervisor (PRPS).

Qualifications:

  • Within 15 days of hire, apply for certification for the Arkansas Peer Recovery Program with the Department of Human Services and complete the 30-Hours Arkansas Model of Peer Recovery;
  • Certified Peer Recovery Specialist Status;

Advanced Peer Recovery Specialist in Training Status; or Certified Advanced Peer Recovery Specialist Status.

Education:

  • High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

  • Effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to maintain a professional demeanor;
  • Capacity to work independently, as well as part of the specialty court team;
  • Ability to problem-solve and make ethical decisions; and
  • Experience with Microsoft Office products.

Other Requirements:

  • Introduction to Specialty Courts Training – Required within 30 Days of Hire

Work Environment:

Peer Recovery Specialists will collaborate with the court, court professionals, state agencies, and community partners. Peer Recovery Specialists are expected to maintain a professional demeanor and positively conduct themselves to demonstrate to participants, professionals, and the community that recovery is possible.

Closing Date; Until filled.

Applicants should send letter of interest and resume to Judge Randy Hill at P.O. Box 966, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.

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