Certified Recovery Peer Advocate - Independent Living, Inc.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

Certified Recovery Peer Advocate (LCR/ILI)


REPORTS TO:

Program Manager - SOR 2 Recovery


LEVEL:

Non-Management


POSITION OVERVIEW:

Lexington Center for Recovery and Independent Living, Inc’s are

partnering together to provide peer support for individuals in Lexington

Center’s Sullivan County Methadone Treatment Program. This position

will be co-supervised with the Lexington Center for Recovery.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Welcome new participants, introduce them to their counselor, and

orientate them to the activities, values, policies and expectations of

the Lexington Center programs.

• Engage and build relationships with existing participants at Lexington

Center for Recovery to increase treatment engagement and

coordinate additional Lexington services such as Medication Assisted

treatment, group programming, family counseling and mental health

services.

• Engage potential participants who have scheduled an initial

appointment but did not show, or current participants that continually

cancel to provide education on treatment benefits and options and

decrease anxiety and resistance toward participating in treatment.

• Provide education on opioid use disorder, the importance of

Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), and other treatment to

different public groups, community services and government

agencies.

• Provide support for overdose occurrences in the community.

• Maintain accurate and up-to-date individual electronic case records

on all peer activities, and other accountability reports as required.

• Attend regularly scheduled clinical meetings, case conferences, staff

meetings and supervision as well as in-service training and

development activities.

• Assist clients in the community including transportation needs, crisis

support, court appointments, benefits and entitlements appointments

and other identified needs.

• Proactively engage participants on how to access and navigate the

substance use treatment system and negotiate insurance barriers to

treatment.

• Provide group support, education, recovery information and skill

building classes and workshops to families and individuals regarding

substance use disorders.

• Help Individuals create individual wellness plans based on recovery

goals and steps to achieve those goals.

• Act demand-responsive to inquiries through multiple channels (i.e., in

person, telephonic, text, blogs).

• Engage in individual advocacy by assisting Individuals with substance

use disorders in protecting and promoting their rights, resolving

complaints, accessing services and navigating community supports of

their choice.

• Network with other agency providers and community support services

to maintain an integrated support system for persons with Substance

• Performs other job duties as assigned or required by the needs of the

position.


REQUIREMENTS:

• Empathy, honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards,

language and behaviors reflecting such values and the Independent

Living philosophy.

• Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.

• Must have good time management skills and be self-directing,

especially if there is any downtime.

• Must possess an unrestricted valid driver’s license and have reliable

transportation.


QUALIFICATIONS: • CRPA or CRPA-P (Certified Recovery Peer Advocate)

• NYCPS (New York Certified Peer Specialist) certification desirable.

• Ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop

authentic peer-to-peer relationships while maintaining healthy

boundaries and ethical standards at all times.

• Ability to work with peers, families and staff in a caring and respectful

manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural

differences.

• Must have lived experience with substance use recovery either

personally or through a family member who has gone through

recovery and be comfortable with self-disclosure as needed.

• Fulfill all requirements to become certified in First Aid and CPR.

• Must have a working knowledge of the recovery process and be

willing to promote multi-pathways to recovery including Methadone

treatment for Opioid Use Disorder.

• Bilingual English/Spanish strongly preferred.

• Knowledge of American Sign Language (ASL) a plus.


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society!

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