Peer Coordinator

Casa Esperanza, Inc.
Job Type: Full-time
Date Posted: July 9, 2019
Application Due: Open Until Filled

Casa Esperanza, Inc. – Roxbury, MA

Job Type: Full-time

Agency Summary:

Casa Esperanza, Inc. is a bilingual/bicultural behavioral health treatment provider serving Boston and the Merrimack Valley. Our mission is to empower individuals and families to recover from addiction, trauma, mental illness and other chronic medical conditions; overcome homelessness; and achieve health and wellness through comprehensive, integrated care. Casa Esperanza has an operating budget of $7.3 million and more than $9 million in assets.

*The role of the Peer Coordinator is to provide support to the Peer Recovery Coaches at Casa Esperanza, Inc. Under the direction of the Director of Recovery Support Services the Peer Coordinator will be responsible for providing support to clients in their efforts to access and remain engaged in Substance Use and Mental Health services. The Peer Coordinator will work in collaboration with other programs in making referrals to local treatment providers and help clients to navigate the mental healthcare and drug/alcohol abuse recovery systems, as these are critical to their stability and behavioral health engagement.

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Senior Leadership and Consultants to develop and document a peer leadership development model that supports the growth and sustainability of Recovery Capital for the Latino Community
  • Work with Marketing Associate and Peer Recovery Coaches to develop and implement advocacy and outreach presentations to Latino-serving organizations, community groups, and events
  • Work with Director of Program Development and Peer Advisory Council or Client Focus Groups to analyze satisfaction surveys and identify gaps in care
  • Forge links with other organizations and community groups and develop partnerships that broaden the range of activities, opportunities and available resources and build connection between treatment and recovery support services.
  • Provide support to Peer Recovery Coaches to identify bilingual peer support and self-help groups;
  • Willingly shares personal recovery experiences, demonstrates and models effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
  • Helps clients to modify attitudes and patterns of behavior by increasing understanding of self, personal problems, and client’s part in creating them.
  • Provide ongoing education regarding the substance abuse, mental health, HIV, and other health and wellness information to community agencies, clients and their family members through individual and group sessions.
  • Work with Residential Staff to coordinate internal and external services, i.e. transportation, legal, medical, and housing, employment, and training, etc.
  • Work with project staff to coordinate outreach activities to individuals seeking recovery
  • Work with Peer Recovery Coaches to establish and coordinate a range of alcohol/drug free community based initiatives
  • Attend Multi-Disciplinary Team meeting and other meetings to provide updates and assist in the decision making related to treatment planning and implementation.
  • Collect client intake data in a timely manner and conduct follow up surveys to ensure long-term client engagement
  • Review recovery action plans and ensure all paperwork, including client progress notes, are documented appropriate in client record.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum five years of direct care services
  • Ability to understand and manage moral/ethical boundaries with clients/staff.
  • Minimum three years’ experience working with individuals in recovery and individuals struggling with substance use and mental health disorders.
  • Familiar with social, health and cultural issues specific to the Latino population
  • Previous experience with peer-based support services
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required
  • Certified Peer Recovery Coach Supervisor, preferred.
  • Flexible work hours including evenings and weekends
  • Access to vehicle and a valid driver’s license preferred.

Supervisory Roles: The Peer Coordinator will supervise the Peer Recovery Coaches and receive supervision from the Project Director.

Experience: Direct care service: 5 years (Required)

Education: High school or equivalent (Required)

License: Peer Recovery Coach Supervisor (Preferred)

Language: Spanish (Required)