Peer Support Specialist (KY) BrightView Health BrightView Health 68 reviews

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Position Summary:
The Peer Support Specialist’s role is to provide hope and support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. They will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering individuals to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The Peer Support Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Maintain project logs, reports, and records in appropriate files and database(s)
  • Provide recovery education to individuals for every stage of change from pre-contemplation to sustained recovery maintenance
  • Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible, in a positive and professional manner
  • Assist individuals to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and areas of improvement regarding recovery
  • Assist individuals in developing their own plan for progressing their recovery
  • Promote self-advocacy by assisting individuals in expressing their voice, needs, goals and objectives
  • 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 individual’s goals and interests
  • Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups
  • Link individuals to appropriate professional resources, including but not limited to, case managers, counselors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or psychiatrist
  • 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.)
  • Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers
  • Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency if needed. Long-term engagement, support, and encouragement
  • Complete documentation utilizing the agency's designated Electronic Medical Record, within specified timeframe
  • Attend required meetings including but not limited to, individual and group supervision and quarterly in-service
  • Communicate needs of patients to the appropriate staff member, including but not limited to case manager, counselors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or psychiatrist; and
  • Co-facilitate evidence-based group sessions, when necessary.

A peer support specialist employed by an outpatient or residential AODE shall:

  • Complete six (6) hours of training in the area of substance use disorder annually
  • Attest in writing to at least one (1) year of recovery; and be a registered alcohol and drug peer support specialist in accordance with KRS 309.0831; or meet the requirements of: 1. 908 KAR 2:220; 2. 908 KAR 2:230; or 3. 908 KAR 2:240.

Required Education/Degree:
High school diploma or equivalent

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Position Summary:
The Peer Support Specialist’s role is to provide hope and support others in recovery from a substance use disorder. They will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate, and motivator to recovering individuals to help prevent relapse and promote long-term recovery. The Peer Support Specialist must demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Maintain project logs, reports, and records in appropriate files and database(s)
  • Provide recovery education to individuals for every stage of change from pre-contemplation to sustained recovery maintenance
  • Provide a model for both people in recovery and staff by demonstrating that recovery is possible, in a positive and professional manner
  • Assist individuals to identify their personal interests, goals, strengths and areas of improvement regarding recovery
  • Assist individuals in developing their own plan for progressing their recovery
  • Promote self-advocacy by assisting individuals in expressing their voice, needs, goals and objectives
  • 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 individual’s goals and interests
  • Support connections to community based, mutual self-help groups
  • Link individuals to appropriate professional resources, including but not limited to, case managers, counselors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or psychiatrist
  • 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.)
  • Identify barriers (internal and external) to full participation in community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers
  • Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency if needed. Long-term engagement, support, and encouragement
  • Complete documentation utilizing the agency's designated Electronic Medical Record, within specified timeframe
  • Attend required meetings including but not limited to, individual and group supervision and quarterly in-service
  • Communicate needs of patients to the appropriate staff member, including but not limited to case manager, counselors, physicians, nurse practitioners, and/or psychiatrist; and
  • Co-facilitate evidence-based group sessions, when necessary.

A peer support specialist employed by an outpatient or residential AODE shall:

  • Complete six (6) hours of training in the area of substance use disorder annually
  • Attest in writing to at least one (1) year of recovery; and be a registered alcohol and drug peer support specialist in accordance with KRS 309.0831; or meet the requirements of: 1. 908 KAR 2:220; 2. 908 KAR 2:230; or 3. 908 KAR 2:240.

Required Education/Degree:
High school diploma or equivalent

Other Duties:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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