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Recovery Coach - Part Time

Posted: 01/07/2022

Duffy Health Center is a patient-centered medical home, and every role requires functioning effectively using a team-based approach. The Recovery Coach will provide peer recovery support services to patients with substance use disorder (SUD) and will assist patients in achieving and sustaining recovery as defined by each individual patient. This position will facilitate patient access to recovery-oriented substance use disorder treatment, resources, and community recovery groups. 

The RC will support patients with identifying and engaging in holistic care for their SUD across multiple systems and frameworks. This position will maintain ongoing patient support regardless of return to use and will serve as a motivator, ally, role model, sounding board, and advocate for patients with substance use disorders.

The RC should possess thorough understanding of community culture to address the barriers to successful recovery, use human experience language in place of clinical jargon, and provide links to community resources and treatment options.

Position Functions
The essential functions or duties listed below are intended only as illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

1. Explain Recovery Coaching peer-to-peer support to Recoveree during initial contact. Assist the Recoveree in creating their Wellness Plan.
2. Works collaboratively with treatment team in support of evidence-based services to patients with SUD
3. Serves as a liaison between the recovery community, the addiction treatment system, the medical treatment system, and the patient’s community, family, and social context to facilitate connections across systems of care
4. Addresses barriers to successful recovery and serves as role model and advocate
5. Conducts active outreach efforts to encourage attendance and participation in recovery-oriented, self-help, and pro-social groups
6. Assists with access to treatment for SUD and co-occurring conditions, understanding and using systems and procedures to rapidly support identified needs of the patient
7. Meet with patients in clinical and community settings to understand their needs and personal goals, support the exploration of potential positive and negative consequences associated with personal goals and work collaboratively with the patient to remove obstacles that might interfere with goal attainment.
8. Negotiate and create opportunities for access to treatment and social services with patient’s participation; advocate on behalf of patients to help decrease barriers to care
9. Educate patients about addiction safe use practices, multiple pathways of recovery and utilize motivational interviewing techniques to explore ambiguity and tip the scales towards healthy decision-making
10. Advocate and support the patient’s voice during the care team’s consideration and development of a comprehensive treatment plan
11. Be available to provide support to patients in immediate risk of using substances or for other time-sensitive matters during regular business hours and to develop with the patient interwoven local, natural and clinical supports and resources outside of business hours.
12. Be available and accessible to patients over time, regardless of where they are in their recovery. Clearly and effectively offer to facilitate communication between the patient, PCP, and any external providers maintaining appropriate confidentiality procedures and boundaries
13. Maintains confidential records in Duffy’s electronic medical record

Recommended Minimum Qualifications
Physical and Mental Requirements
Minimum 2 years in sustained recovery at the time of application. Employee works in a healthcare office and out in the field while assisting clients. 

Education and Experience
High school diploma or GED required. Demonstrates ability to maintain 2 years of sustained and uninterrupted recovery at time of hire required; 3-5 years of sustained and uninterrupted recovery preferred. Must have a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) certification and have been working in substance use disorder treatment for a minimum of 1 year, required, 2 years preferred.

Position Type: Part-time