AltaPointe Health Systems

  • Certified Recovery Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-AL-Mobile
    Posted Date 6 months ago(7/13/2018 11:18 AM)
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    AltaPointe Site
    West Mobile OP
    Entry Level, Behavioral
    Position Type
    Full Time
    8:00 AM-4:30 PM
  • Overview

    West Mobile Adult Outpatient Program is an outpatient methadone maintenance program designed for consumers who are dependent on opiates. The treatment goal is to stabilize the consumer by administering methadone, which prevents withdrawal symptoms and craving, and blocks the undesirable effect of illicit use of self-administered opioids. They also assure that counseling is congruent with plans of treatment and regulations. Services include but are not limited to supportive therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, systemic therapy, behavior modification, skills training, and relapse prevention.


    • Promoting self-determination, recovery, self-advocacy, and self-direction; assisting individuals in identifying strengths; wellness goals; setting objectives, and identifying barriers;
    • Attending treatment team meetings with the individual to promote the individual's use of self-directed advocacy tools; assisting the individual in goal planning and participating with the individual and the treatment team to develop appropriate interventions; assisting the individual in learning how to ask for appropriate services in community;
    • Assisting individuals in obtaining information about their benefits (SSI, SSDI, Medicaid, etc.).
    • Engaging individuals in other programs and services to encourage treatment compliance and healthy lifestyles;
    • Modeling self-advocacy skills;
    • Teaching wellness management strategies and helping individuals develop their own self-management plans/tools to use in their personal lives; Connecting to support groups in the community to learn from other peers, to promote hope, to problem-solve through situations, and to decrease social isolation;
    • Providing education to other clinicians to increase their understanding of self-advocacy and peer support roles, and to promote a culture in which an individuals’ points of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected, and integrated into service delivery;
    • Providing resources and teaching transportation skills (teaching bus routes, etc.);
    • Sharing his or her own personal story to model how to maintain mental and physical stability;
    • Supporting individuals in making informed decisions about treatment, housing, healthcare, employment and building community connections;
    • Building social skills in the community;
    • Assisting in overcoming barriers to maintaining stability in the community;
    • Assisting in obtaining the proper documentation necessary for the program;
    • Assisting the individual in completing applications, benefits paperwork, housing, etc.;
    • Exploring aspirations with the individual;
    • Assisting in teaching skills needed to achieve treatment goals;
    • Attending recovery support groups and NA/AA meetings with the participant if appropriate; and
    • Assisting with financial wellness using tools for money management and asset development.
    • Providing outreach services as necessary to individuals when they appear to disengage from the AOT Program.  

    Required Knowledge and Skills:

    • Knowledge of recovery from substance use disorder.
    • Knowledge and understanding of substance use disorder and the system of care.
    • Knowledge of empowerment and the goals and objectives of the consumer movement.
    • Knowledge and ability to work with individuals or groups.
    • Knowledge of consumer rights and advocacy.
    • Knowledge of cultural diversity
    • Knowledge of available community resources
    • Knowledge of educational methods appropriate to adults substance use disorders
    • Knowledge of basic living skills teaching methods 

    Ability to:

    • Communicate effectively
    • Connect with individuals who have a substance use disorder
    • Understand the unique experience of persons struggling with a substance use disorder
    • Serve as a role model, showing by example that recovery is possible
    • Relay coping skills, positive attitude skills and self-esteem
    • Facilitate peer support/self-help group


    • Have a minimum of two (2) years of continuous demonstrated recovery time from a substance use disorder at the date of application.
    • Willing to identify as a person in recovery for the benefit of others.
    • High School diploma or GED
    • Possess a valid driver’s license
    • Ability to render two (2) written references that attest to appropriateness for certification.
    • Possession of ADMH certification as a Certified Recovery Support Specialist (CRSS). If certification has not been obtained prior to employment, employee is expected to attend 40 hours of ADMH approved Certified Recovery Support Specialist training and have the ability to pass the CRSS exam with a minimum score of 70.
    • Must be 23 years of age, maintain a valid Alabama driver license and an acceptable driving record, and have proof of current liability insurance.


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