Peer Recovery Specialist

Position Summary:

The Peer Recovery Specialist provides integral substance use recovery supports for participants and patients at Pathways to Housing PA experiencing opioid and other substance use disorders, including but not limited to supporting daily execution of medication assisted treatment (MAT) services.  Supports participants in identifying needs and overcoming barriers to recovery including but not limited to integration of physical and behavioral health needs, social support, occupational and educational challenges, housing, and income stability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Specifically, the Peer Recovery Specialist will:

  • Collaborate with Project Home Health Services staff, team staff, and participants to support patient health and well being
  • Receive and follow up with warm-hand off contacts from clinic and team members
  • Engage participants at Pathways to Housing PA regarding substance use, harm reduction, treatment, and recovery as appropriate
  • Support patients with their individual recovery, relapse prevention, and harm reduction plans as appropriate and as developed in collaboration with team staff
  • Support participants who present for MAT services to appropriately and effectively engage and communicate with health care staff/providers and team staff while waiting to be seen or following service delivery
  • Encourage patient attainment of measurable action steps related to individual recovery plans
  • Provide recovery education and support along the continuum from pre-treatment engagement to recovery engagement, stabilization, and maintenance
  • Support patient participation in MAT group visits and facilitate behavioral health referrals as appropriate
  • Support the completion of MAT program intake assessments with guidance from PHHS medical staff and COE team staff.
  • Document all engagement and  related activities in Credible in real time
  • Support participants with community-based recovery activities as appropriate and in collaboration with the team
  • Promote the utilization of community based resources
  • Teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed for recovery
  • Help to facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth among participants engaged across the spectrum of recovery
  • Participate in case review and team meetings as needed
  • Participate in Pathways to Housing Pa, Behavioral Health, and MAT program meetings as needed
  • Engage in continuing professional development and training as identified and agreed upon with supervisor
  • Other duties as assigned


Essential Education, Experience and Skills:

  • High school graduate or GED required.
  • Lived experience identifying as a person in recovery from substance use
  • Demonstrate understanding and respect for each individual’s unique path to recovery, including support for medically assisted treatment options
  • Completion of Peer Recovery Specialist curriculum
  • Minimum one year of experience as a peer recovery specialist
  • Familiarity with medically assisted treatment options for opioid addiction
  • Ability to function independently and as a member of a multidisciplinary team
  • Dedication to supporting others in ways that promotes dignity, builds upon strengths, respects privacy and confidentiality, and supports trauma-informed recovery and wellness
  • Active Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) or Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) credential required


Physical Demands and Work Environment:

  • Moderate noise (i.e. business office with computers, phone, and printers, light traffic).
  • Ability to work in a confined area.
  • Ability to sit at a computer terminal for an extended period of time.
  • Community environment.  Constant interaction with agency participants.
  • Considerable walking and standing.


The employee is expected to adhere to all agency policies and to act as a role model in the adherence to policies.