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Certified Peer Recovery Mentor

 

FSLA Classification: Non-Exempt

FTE: .50

Organizational Purpose: Support the mission of Sponsors assisting individuals from Lane County, released from Oregon state correctional facilities and the Lane County Jail in making a successful re-entry into our community. Sponsors is nationally recognized as a model utilizing best practices in re-entry services.


Purpose of Position: The Certified Peer Recovery Mentor position oversees a caseload of clients and is an integral member of Sponsors’ team. The candidate will be working with clients in all stages of recovery.

Reports to: This position reports directly to the Mentorship Program Director.

Supervisory Responsibilities: No supervisory responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

Participates in a collaborative treatment team to support clients in program completion
• Collaborates with treatment agency in developing specific treatment plans, intervention strategies, and discharge planning
• Attends regular meetings with the treatment team and other staff members
• Cultivates professional relationships with community partners
• Coordinates appropriate case management referrals

Maintains accurate records and communication
• Maintains thorough client files and case notes in the database
• Ensures timely billing and record-keeping for Medicaid clients using online portals
• Utilizes Sponsors log and other electronic/physical communication tools
• Maintains timely communication with members of the treatment team, program partners, and other Sponsors staff

Demonstrates drug and alcohol recovery practices
• Role-models healthy substance use prevention methods
• Discusses pro-social thinking and behavior
• Provides individual day-to-day coaching with clients

Support clients in accessing resources and progressing with their recovery
• Follow up on client referrals, and think creatively to seek out new clients
• Assists clients in accessing resources to support their path toward self-sufficiency (e.g., housing, employment, social security, food boxes, clothing, etc.)
• Connects clients to recovery meetings and in finding a sponsor
• Assist clients with identifying personal goals, strengths and weaknesses involving recovery
• Transports and escorts clients to various appointments (e.g., medical appointments, recovery meetings)

Connect clients to Sponsors resources and events             
• Invites clients to Sponsors recreational and educational events
• Connects clients to Sponsors Reentry Resource Center as well as other workshops and trainings
• Connects clients to pro-social community events, and joins them on fun community outings
• Facilitates small groups and group activities

Other duties as assigned
Perform other related duties as assigned by Mentorship Program Director or as determined in collaboration with intra-agency treatment teams

Skills and Knowledge:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the recovery process
• Model the practice of healthy sober living
• Possess knowledge of local recovery treatment resources
• Able to work independently with little supervision
• Willing to work some nights/weekends and holidays
• Able to engage in and teach basic problem solving
• Comfortable with proactively initiating and maintaining relationships with clients
• Knowledgeable and practiced in assertive engagement
• Excellent understanding of professional boundaries in a client-centered work environment

Qualifications:
• Peer Mentor must qualify for certification as a “Peer Support Specialist” as defined by the State of Oregon and must be willing to complete the required training offered by an Oregon Health Authority (OHA)-approved training program for Peer Support Specialist. OHA qualifications include but are not limited to:
Be at least 18 years of age
Must not be listed on the Medicaid provider exclusion list
Must identify as a peer under one or more of the following: A self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or, A self-identified person in recovery from an addiction disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs (2 years); or, A self-identified person in recovery from problem gambling; or, A family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services
Must possess (or obtain upon hire) a current state-issued driver’s license
Must have access to a reliable and insured vehicle for use during work time. (Mileage for work-related driving will be reimbursed.) 

Work Environment: Peer Mentors work in the field meeting participants offsite when necessary. Work will be performed in a variety of settings, including Sponsors campuses, recreational sites and groups, community-based outpatient settings, community corrections agencies, vehicles, etc.

Physical Demands: Ability to walk up and down stairs.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

This description reflects management’s assignment of essential functions; it does not proscribe or restrict the tasks that may be assigned.

This job description is subject to change at any time.