Community Recovery Specialist

General Summary:

The Community Recovery Specialist will work with individuals suffering from mental illness and/or substance use disorders in the community. This role may assess incoming clients, review client's rights, responsibilities, guideline and services, in accordance with established protocol. Additionally the Community Recovery Specialist will support therapeutic programming, facilitate independent living skills, facilitate wellness groups, provide medication oversight, and electronically chart notes.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide client-centered support for clients struggling with mental illness and/or substance use disorders by adhering to program philosophy, policies and procedures including established entrance, continued stay, and discharge criteria.
  • Provide outcome oriented client services in accordance to their personal treatment plan including:
    • Deliver direct billable services as needed for clients in the residential home.
    • Utilize a recovery model, providing supportive counseling and constructive interactions to promote client stability and ability to cope with and adapt to new challenges.
    • Assist clients with emotion regulation through therapeutic interventions.
    • Accurately observe, monitor and document client behavior and assist in assessing stability.
    • Implement problem-solving strategies to address difficult, potentially dangerous client behavior.
    • Coordinate and assist clients with attendance at appointments, programs or activities in the community.
    • Facilitate daily wellness activities including skill building groups and community integration activities.
    • Assist client with developing ADLs including hygiene, rest, nutrition and activity. 
    • Transport clients as necessary using personal vehicle.
  • Assist in preparation of meals and share supported meals with clients.
  • Perform checks at facility to ensure environmental safety and client location.
  • Monitor basic vital signs to include heart rate, blood pressure, weight, or other as directed by the program RN and electronically chart as needed.
  • Facilitate observation of self-administered prescription medications under the supervision of the program RN.
  • Participate in on-going required training for compliance and therapeutic interventions in order to maintain a safe, supportive, clinically sound milieu.
  • Respond to crisis situations and escalate appropriately.
  • Maintain timely documentation and recordkeeping using EMR as required by program, State, Agency and accrediting bodies.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Bachelor's degree in psychology, human services, social work or related field preferred.
  • Understanding of the etiology and treatment of mental illness and substance use disorders.
  • CPR and First Aid trained preferred.
  • Previous experience in a behavioral health residential facility preferred.
  • Must have a valid driver's license, reliable transportation with personal automobile liability insurance coverage at or above the levels mandated by the State of Vermont.
  • Successful completion of a criminal history background check after hire.
  • Basic computer skills to include use of Word and experience with electronic charting of notes.
  • Have a high level of emotional intelligence and understanding of people living with addiction, mental illness and in recovery.
  • Ability to develop a nurturing relationship with clients.
  • Compassionate and service oriented.
  • Able to work independently.
  • Comfortable with routine and extended client interaction.

Work Environment:

  • The duties of this position are performed in a variety of locations, including professional office, hospital and community environment.
  • Travel is required to perform work responsibilities and to attend meetings, seminars or other work-related obligations.
  • Transportation will need to be provided to clients who require determined level of services.
  • Employee may be in contact with individuals and families in crisis, ill, using substances and/or not attentive to personal hygiene, health and safety for themselves.
  • Potential for exposure to natural elements as well as possible exposure to body fluids (i.e. urine or blood) through physical contact with individuals.
  • Employee may experience a number of unpleasant sensory demands associated with client's use of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • While the agency places considerable emphasis on health and safety, a risk-free environment cannot be guaranteed.
  • The level of risk varies based on level of client contact. 

CCN is an equal opportunity employer.