Peer Recovery Coach

Casa Esperanza, Inc.
Job Type: Full-time
Date Posted: July 24, 2018
Application Due: Open Until Filled

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.

JOB SUMMARY STATEMENT: The role of the Peer Recovery Coach is to provide non-clinical services intended to aid individuals in establishing and maintaining individual recovery from addiction and mental illness. The PRC will help people in recovery to improve their quality of life through connecting them to social, spiritual, and peer supports.

As part of the Casa Esperanza, Inc. team you will provide services in a fully integrated, holistic, and collaborative manner using a team-treatment approach, to ensure the coordination of all client services, both across Casa programs as well as with external providers. This integrated model aims to facilitate clear communication amongst all providers and eliminate duplication of efforts or conflicting approaches to care; details necessary follow up and assignments; and ensure-wrap around support services are in place to maximize treatment effectiveness and clinical outcomes.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Assists clients in developing an Individual Recovery Action Plan;
  • Helps clients navigate recovery support systems and access resources including health and wellness, housing, employment, and other professional and non-professional services;
  • Facilitates peer support groups (NA/AA/HARP/Dual Recovery Group);
  • Serves as liaison to Consumer Advisory Board (CasaCAB) and coordinates calendar for CAB meetings, events, and training opportunities;
  • Collects client data and conduct follow up surveys to ensure long-term client engagement
  • Assists clients with applying for health insurance;
  • Provides transportation assistance to and from aftercare treatment and support services;
  • Assists clients in feeling connected to a Community of Recovery through pro-social, recreational and cultural activities in a sober environment;
  • Shares personal recovery experiences and 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;
  • Provides clients with ongoing education regarding substance abuse, mental health, HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, tobacco, nutrition and exercise and other health and wellness information;
  • Educates and supports clients in implementing a range of relapse prevention and harm-reduction strategies;
  • Works closely with the multidisciplinary team to ensure client needs are met;
  • Provides interpretation for clients, as needed;
  • Actively participates in weekly supervision with Program Director;
  • Attends mandatory MDT weekly meeting;
  • Serves as a liaison between administration, staff, clients, and volunteers; and
  • Other duties as assigned.

EXPERIENCE:

  • Minimum High School Diploma or equivalent required
  • Minimum 2 years demonstrated personal recovery experience
  • Bilingual Spanish/English required
  • Experience with homelessness, mental illness, domestic violence
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills in English
  • Knowledge of community/recovery resources
  • Ability to work both as a team member and independently
  • Understanding of relapse prevention and harm reduction techniques
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Crisis management skills
  • Computer skills, minimum Microsoft Word
  • Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License
  • Ability to meet the physical and training requirements of the position.