Peer Support Specialist in Huntington, WV at Acadia Healthcare

Date Posted: 9/14/2020

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Overview

Our Passion:

We are improving the lives we touch. We need passionate, talented people working together who share our desire to provide the best quality care to our patients and lead the fight against the opioid epidemic. We are prepared to treat the entire disease, not just a piece of it.

Our Team:

Huntington Comprehensive Treatment Center located in Huntington, WV is one of 127 outpatient addiction recovery centers nationwide. Acadia Comprehensive Treatment Centers is the leading provider of medication assisted treatment in the nation, servicing over 62,000 patients per day. Our team provides compassionate, high quality counseling and therapy to patients that are seeking recovery from Opioid Use Disorder. Our mission is to provide full-circle care that includes a blend of therapies and the use of safe and effective medications. Our team is the front line of our fight against the opiate epidemic.

Our Benefits: 

Members of our clinical team will enjoy full benefit eligibility, including Medical, Dental, Vision, 401k matching, company paid group term life insurance, paid vacation and sick time and an opportunity for growth that is second to none in the industry. Acadia Healthcare is committed to offering an enviable internal culture and environment that encourages and supports both professional and personal growth that you are proud of.

Your Job as a Peer Support Specialist:

Peer Support Specialist are vital to a recovery-oriented system of care and ongoing recovery from Opioid Use Disorder. Peer Support Specialist will break down barriers to treatment and bridge together the varying entities that help an individual transition away from illicit opioid use and maintain productive, long-term recovery. Peer Support Specialist has experience as a recipient of substance abuse services and is willing to use and share personal experience, knowledge and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its clients. The Peer Support Specialist will enhance the full array of treatment services from initial referral to the patient’s discharge through professional treatment by assisting the patient in developing skills and enhancing strengths to avoid relapse and successfully navigate the full continuum of care and the road to long-term recovery.

We have 8 hour, daily shifts that allow our employees to have stable schedules and enjoy quality time away from the facility. Operating hours are M-F 6:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m. (some weekends and holidays). 

Your Responsibilities as a Peer Support Specialist:

  • Acts as a mentor to individuals to promote decision making, empowerment and engagement
  • Acts as a liaison between individuals, clinical team and community resources
  • Takes role of advocate
  • Engage individuals referred to treatment at the initial point of contact, clinic or other community provider, to expedite screening for the appropriate level of care.
  • Provide peer support to clinically complex patients, drawing on common experiences as a peer, validate individuals’ experiences and provide guidance and encouragement to promote individuals to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery
  • Provides peer support knowledge related to treatment including methadone, buprenorphine or extended release naltrexone injection maintenance treatment.
  • Assist individuals in seeking and receiving services to meet individual social needs and provide support to facilitate patient success to maintain recovery.
  • Assist in the process of acquiring housing, necessities and skills needed to maintain daily and monthly household responsibilities and independent living
  • Assist the patient in establishing a relationship with a primary care provider or additional medical care in a coordinated/team approach
  • Serve as consultants and subject matter experts in MAT and patient participation in community support groups such as Narcotics Anonymous and Celebrate Recovery.
    Serve as linkage between patients and employers in the area to assist patients in obtaining and maintaining gainful employment.
  • Assists with acquiring and developing life and social skills, education and other needs identified by the individual to promote quality of life after recovery
  • Act as a role model for clients by sharing effective coping techniques and self-help strategies in promoting personal growth and development handling internal and external stressors
  • Assists and promotes positive health, wellness and lifestyle choices
  • Communicate client’s status on a regular basis, including, but not limited to changes in mood or functioning, medical issues and all crisis and health and safety issues
  • Document all “no shows,” and communicate all difficulties contacting clients with appropriate office staff
  • Document services provided regularly, concisely, and completely in accordance with clinical standards by office deadline
  • Attend all office trainings as well as regular clinical supervision sessions with assigned supervisor
  • Understands general addiction, other substance-related problems and available treatment options.

  • General understanding of community resources and how to promote linkage between the patient and resource.

  • Demonstrates sensitivity and understanding to each patient based on where they are in the recovery process and their current psychosocial needs.

Job Requirements

Your Skills and Qualifications as a Peer Support Specialist

  • High School Diploma or GED; college degree preferred
  • Peer Support Specialist Certification or willing to obtain through the clinic
  • CPR Certification or willing to obtain training

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