Certified Peer Recovery Specialist

NSVSAC (Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition) - 107153 Winchester, Virginia Full-Time

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  • Entity: Valley Health Corporate
  • Shift: Day

Who We Are

Valley Health System is a not-for-profit network of hospitals, urgent cares, physician practices, and services. Expanding across Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, we are devoted to the health of all who call our 18-county area home.

A vital resource for healthcare, we are the region’s largest employer, a dependable community partner, and are at the leading edge of clinical innovations.

We are looking for passionate, innovative, and caring people who will each bring their unique skills and perspectives to our workplace.

What You Will Do:

This position is responsible for providing peer to peer support services to individuals enrolled in the Law Enforcement Overdose Intervention Program (LEOIP). The incumbent will perform a variety of paraprofessional duties in support of wellness and recovery by utilizing their lived experiences of recovery and substance use disorder. Peer Support Specialists offer emotional support, share knowledge, teach skills, provide practical assistance and connect individuals with resources, opportunities, communities of support and other people. Services are non-clinical, person centered, strengths based, wellness focused, and trauma informed. Peer support services help to ensure the individual’s wellness-recovery plan reveals the needs and preferences of the individuals being served to complete their measurable and personalized goals. All services are provided as part of a comprehensive treatment team and the incumbent will be a vital member of this team. This position involves weekday afternoon/evening coverage for the Law Enforcement Overdose Intervention Program Team, as well as rotating on-call duty overnights and holidays. Assists in the development, implementation, and maintenance of LEOIP team services. Participates in interagency planning and service coordination activities as directed to improve and enhance service continuity and effectiveness for clients. Provides face to face interactions that support an individual achieving their self-identified level of recovery, wellness, independence or personal strengths. Serves as a role model of recovery and wellness and self-advocacy. Assists an individual or family receiving services with writing and communicating their personal recovery-wellness plans and to identify ways to reach those goals using a person-centered, individual recovery-wellness plan.
Provides trained peer-to-peer support in groups encouraging and supporting participation and self-directed participation, such as WRAP, Dual Recovery, etc. Facilitates non-clinical peer to peer recovery education and wellness coaching through group activities in topics such as health leisure activities, community involvement strategies, etc. Mentors community integration activities by providing community networking and linkage with social, recreational, spiritual, volunteer, educational or vocational resources. Assists the person in identifying community based supports that sustain a healthy lifestyle. Supports, encourages, and enhances the development of natural support systems. Provide emotional support during the acquisition, exploration and sustaining of employment and/or educational services. Attends treatment team and program development meetings. Participates in regular group supervision and individual supervision as a means of enhancing professional growth, reviewing the provision of clinical services, and addressing administrative issues. Documents all service contacts within 24 hours of contact including face-to-face, collateral and networking contacts. Demonstrate appropriate & complete documentation of treatment – related information including treatment plans and reviews, progress notes, correspondence, releases of information, etc., in compliance with agency standards and in accordance with all application regulations. Actively communicates findings, progress and other needs with the rest of the LEOIP team. Maintains collaborative relationships and communication with community referring agencies to formulate appropriate collaborative intervention strategies.
Attends mandatory trainings as required the Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition. Provides advocacy and support for participants within the criminal justice system including court appearances and written communication. Share his or her unique perspective on recovery from mental illness or substance use disorder with non-peer staff. Develops and maintains a positive working relationship with community resources, substance use disorder treatment providers, mental health providers, health care providers, shelter providers, landlords, detox centers and other community programs which may support participants. Acts in a collaborative and respectively manner while carry out functions of the program.

What You Will Bring:


High School Diploma or GED required

Certification & Licensures
Certified as a Virginia Peer Recovery Specialist required

Ability to positively interact with persons with mental illness, substance use disorders and developmental disabilities, their family members, agency staff and community members required
Ability to provide active listening, education and assistive supports to consumers and family members required
Good personal management skills – time management, organization, dependability and independence required
Ability to work as a team member with agency staff and others on behalf of Recovery initiatives required
General knowledge and understanding of mental illness, substance use, and developmental disabilities required
Knowledge and understanding of the principles and components of recovery required
Knowledge of support counseling practices and techniques required
Knowledge of the local mental health/substance use disorder local systems as well as various services available in the community including public, private, and volunteer organizations required
Ability to adapt to changes following implementation, if evaluation of the program indicates a need for change

What You Will Get:

- Competitive salary
- Flexible scheduling
- Health Insurance
- Paid Time Off
- Wellness Program
- Tuition Assistance
- Retirement Plan
- Life Insurance

*some benefits are subject to change due to job status

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Criminal Background Checks
VA State Police
3rd party Background Check

FLSA Classification


Physical Demands
6 A Customer Service