Job Req ID:  113589

Peer Recovery Specialist/Peer Coach

The Historic East Baltimore Community Action Coalition (HEBCAC) is seeking a full-time Peer Recovery Specialist/Peer Coach (Outreach Worker) who will be able to build a trust-based relationship with participants while assisting participants in their journey toward recovery and wellness. The Certified Peer Recovery Specialist provides optimism and hope that recovery is possible and probable, all while promoting empowerment, self-determination, understanding, coping skills, and resilience. This position reports to Program Director, Dwayne Bruce, CPRS, RPS.

For more than 20 years, Dee’s Place has provided a safe place where people in recovery can engage with peers, drop-in for 12-step meetings, participate in day program activities, and connect to psychiatric rehabilitative services. Staff assist in connecting guests to a healthy community and staying on the right track. All are welcome at Dee’s Place.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

  • Outreach and assertive engagement.
  • Disseminates information on harm reduction, recovery, and community resources.
  • 1:1 coaching, peer counseling, and mentoring.
  • Service planning/recovery planning.
  • Crisis intervention.
  • Facilitates groups.
  • Advocacy (on behalf of participants).
  • Linkage to treatment and community services.
  • Collaborates with clinical and other support staff who work with enrolled participants, i.e. by collaborating on treatment plans and discussing participants’ progress and general well-being.
  • Prepares reports and records including but not limited to documentation of each participant encounter, service plans with enrolled participates, progress reports to treatment teams, etc.
  • Related duties, as needed.

Special Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Knowledge of the “multiple pathways” of the recovery process for individuals with substance use disorders.
  • Knowledge of the signs of substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and/or co-occurring disorders.
  • Knowledge of ethical and behavioral standards of conduct in the helping relationship.
  • Knowledge of the proper techniques used in crisis response situations.
  • Knowledge to assist clients with accessing and obtaining entitlements (food stamps, Temporary Cash Assistance, Motor Vehicle Administration identification, insurance, etc.).
  • Ability to obtain and report relevant background information by interviewing clients and third parties.
  • Ability to work with groups and clients who may display behavioral health issues.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with clients, their family and friends, treatment team members and the general public.
  • Ability to use helping strategies to reduce the negative effects of substance use.
  • Ability to use support systems and community resources available to clients and their significant others and to advocate for clients’ rights.
  • Ability to accurately document client information.
  • Ability to comply with established standards of ethics and confidentiality.

Minimum Qualifications
  • High School Diploma or graduation equivalent.
  • CPRS (Certified Peer Recovery Specialist) Certification. 
  • Two years related experience.
  • Additional education may substitute for required experience, to the extent permitted by the JHU equivalency formula.



Classified Title: Community Outreach Specialist 
Job Posting Title (Working Title): Peer Recovery Specialist/Peer Coach   
Role/Level/Range: ACRO37.5/02/CC  
Starting Salary Range: $15.50 - $26.00 HRLY ($48,000 targeted; Commensurate with experience) 
Employee group: Full Time 
Schedule: Monday thru Sunday 5 days with 8 hour shifts 
Exempt Status: Non-Exempt 
Location: School of Medicine Campus 
Department name: ​​​​​​​HEBCAC Dees Place  
Personnel area: School of Medicine 



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Please refer to the job description above to see which forms of equivalency are permitted for this position. If permitted, equivalencies will follow these guidelines: JHU Equivalency Formula: 30 undergraduate degree credits (semester hours) or 18 graduate degree credits may substitute for one year of experience. Additional related experience may substitute for required education on the same basis. For jobs where equivalency is permitted, up to two years of non-related college course work may be applied towards the total minimum education/experience required for the respective job.

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