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Peer Recovery Coach New Start Treatment Mercy Health

Job ID: 4671609
Updated: December 6, 2018
Geographic Location: Youngstown
Department: New Start Treatment
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Shift: Days/Afternoons
Standard Hours: 40

Job Summary

The Peer Recovery Coach's role is to support others in recovery with a Substance Use Disorder (SUD).  Will serve as a role model, mentor, advocate and motivator to recovering individuals to help prevent relapse and promote long term recovery. Will demonstrate an ability to share personal recovery experiences and to develop authentic peer-to-peer relationships. Acts as a liaison between persons and staff. Relays information to medical doctors/clinicians and other staff to aid in problem solving.  Coordinates responses to inquiries, as appropriate, to state and local partners. Conducts presentations and offers technical assistance to all stakeholders. Participates on committees, with Ohio MHAS Certified Peer Recovery Supporter technical assistance calls, provides intern/patient training on peer service delivery. Documents information as directed.



Meets with overdose survivors in the ED, preferably before their release, but if unable, as soon as possible thereafter. Links/assists overdose survivors with treatment and recovery services. Provides education and overdose prevention and the use of Naloxone. Provides resources and assistance to survivors and their family members. Maintains contact after ED discharge and/or discharge from New Start Treatment Center to provide necessary recovery support at specified intervals. Documents progression of recovery or relapse along with a plan of care at each contact with client/patient.


Assists patient/client to articulate personal goals for recovery using one-to-one encounters and support groups. Identifies and creates goals with development of recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid the patient/client in achieving their individual goals. Supports individuals in their vocational choices. Assists with choosing employment that matches their strengths. Assists with obtaining and maintaining safe and affordable housing of their choosing. Assists with obtaining services that suit that individual's recovery needs by providing names of staff, community resources and groups that maybe helpful.


Maintains project logs, reports and records in designated files and databases. Completes daily log of activities and patient/client files. Informs AOD Navigator with concerns, issues and requests guidance where needed.


Provides to client, vision-driven hope and encouragement for opportunities at varying levels of involvement in community based activities (i.e.: work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc. Maintains contact by phone and/or email with recovering person after they leave the program at New Start to insure their ongoing success and to provide re-engagement support in partnership with other agencies, as needed. Works with clients presenting at Mercy Health ED's and at New Start Treatment Center. Also provides same level of support and follow up to patients admitted to the hospital with a Substance Use Disorder and have been referred to New Start Treatment Center for a consultation. Provides support for drug screening male clients at New Start Treatment Center when a male client requires observation for a urine drug screen.


Qualifications - Minimum


Required Minimum Education: High School Diploma

Preferred Education: Associates Degree

Specialty/Major: Health and human services



Required: Certified Ohio Peer Recovery Supporter with Ohio MHAS or obtains certification within 12 months of employment.


Preferred: Currently certified as a Peer Recovery Supporter with Ohio MHAS.



2-5 years’ experience working with individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders and substance diagnosis.

Experience in working in a Substance Use disorder/chemical dependency setting highly preferred.


Basic Life Support Certification required within 30 days of hire.


Motivational Interviewing skills, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy skills.



Hours per pay period: 80

Hours: 11:30am to 8:00pm

Rotate weekend.


Shift and Job Schedule

Job Shift: Days/Afternoons, Job Schedule: Full-Time


Equal Employment Opportunity

It is our policy to  abide by all Federal and State laws, as well as, the requirements of 41 CFR 60-1.4(a), 60-300.5(a) and 60-741.5(a), prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals based on their status as protected veterans or individuals with disabilities, and prohibiting discrimination against all individuals based on their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.


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