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Peer Recovery Specialist

Department: 047 - MAT
Location: Ocoee, FL

RESPONSIBILITIES This member of the Medication Assisted Treatment Team has responsibility to carry-out mentoring or Specialisting with individuals having substance use disorders and/or co-occurring disorders who are receiving addiction pharmacotherapy. Recovery Specialisting refers to a one-on-one relationship in which a peer leader with more recovery experience than the person served encourages, motivates, and supports a peer who is seeking to establish or strengthen his or her recovery.


  1. Mentors or coaches peers in office, home and community with tasks such as setting recovery goals, developing recovery action plans, and solving problems directly related to recovery, including finding sober housing, making new friends, finding new uses of spare time, and improving oneís job skills.
  2. Provide assistance with issues that arise in connection with collateral problems such as having a criminal justice record or coexisting physical or mental challenges.
  3. The Peer Recovery Specialist assists in basic job readiness skills that include resume building and job searches, links to vocational rehabilitation, work force development, vocational schools and colleges.
  4. The Recovery Specialist, if he or she is a person in recovery, must have at least 1year sobriety and be co-occurring knowledgeable, and must undergo Recovery Specialist Training from an approved Trainer. Bi-lingual and bi-cultural is a plus.
  5. The relationship of the peer leader to the peer receiving help is highly supportive, rather than directive. The duration of the relationship between the two depends on a number of factors such as how much recovery time the peer has, how much other support the peer is receiving, or how quickly the peerís most pressing problems can be addressed.
  6. The Specialist helps peers in early recovery make choices about which recovery pathway(s) will work for them, rather than urging them to adopt the mentorís or Specialistís own program or any specific program of recovery.
  7. The candidate will be a member of the treatment team for assigned individuals documenting all encounters according to LifeStreamís policies and procedures.
  8. The candidate will consult with community agencies and families to maintain coordination in the treatment process; participate in staff & organizational meetings and treatment planning meetings as directed by the supervisor.
  9. Mentors individuals in Recovery and Wellness strategies and model recovery skills and behaviors through lived experience.
  10. Advocates for peers with regard to stigma issues, respect and person-centeredness within the team and the larger community.

KNOWLEDGE AND JOB SKILLS: Knowledge of Substance Use Disorders and the principles of Recovery. Skills in Recovery Support will be developed in curriculum based training and on-the-job experience. Knowledge and skill development in Trauma Informed Care will also be part of training.



1)               Age Specific: Adult Developmental Stages, Assessment, Knowledge, Interpretation, Interventions, Enhancement of Family Involvement 

2)               Basic Job Readiness: Courtesy, Flexibility, Reliability, Responsiveness 

3)               Personal Effectiveness: Communication, Interpersonal Skills, Self-Management, and Thinking Skills. 

4)               Organizational/Management: Compliance, CQI, Commitment, Leadership, Management of Information, Organizational Participation, Safety 

5)               Performance Specific: Assessment, Crisis Management, Customer Focus, Cultural Competence, Empowerment/Advocacy, Psychosocial Interventions, Treatment/Service Planning

JUDGMENT: Good, sound judgment is integral to the security, confidential and satisfactory job performance.



Education: High School Diploma or equivalent and valid driverís license.

Experience: Experience as a recovering person (minimum 1 year) or as a family member of someone in recovery from SUD/COD.

Personal Qualities: Good written and verbal skills, effective time management and organizational abilities, computer literate, ability to work in a team setting, knowledgeable community resources, sound judgment.

Supervisory Responsibilities: None

Special Factors: Safe driving record with active Florida driverís license and reliable vehicle.

  1. Shares lived experience
  2. A role model
  3. Sees the person as a whole person in the context of the personís roles, family, community
  4. Motivates through hope and inspiration
  5. Supports many pathways to recovery
  6. Functions as an advocate for the person in recovery, both within and outside of the program
  7. Teaches the person how to accomplish daily tasks
  8. Teaches how to acquire needed resources, including money
  9. Helps the person find basic necessities
  10. Uses language based on common experiences
  11. Helps the person find professional services from lawyers, doctors, psychologists, financial advisers
  12. Shares knowledge of local resources
  13. Encourages, supports, praises
  14. Helps to set personal goals
  15. A role model for positive recovery behaviors
  16. Provides peer support services

Staff Development: Completes all administrative and competency training as identified in Individual Training Plan.

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