Peer Recovery Specialist

South County Hospital

Full-time, Day Shift

Job Summary:   The Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) position in the Zero Suicide program works collaboratively with the South County Hospital and Westerly Hospital emergency departments, case management teams, and behavioral health providers within the hospitals and community to address the mental health needs of people within Washington County.  The Peer Recovery Specialist, working as part of a care team will provide care coordination within established systems and processes, support patients receiving care and provide follow-up to ensure behavioral health patients receive the care they need.  The individual we seek will have lived experience related to suicide – either themselves a suicide attempt survivor or they have a family member or close friend who has attempted or was lost to suicide. The PRS position requires a Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist.

Minimum Qualifications:

•              Lived experience related to suicide- either as a suicide attempt survivor or family member or close friend of someone who has attempted or was lost to suicide

•              High School diploma and a combination of training and skills to effectively carry out responsibilities and assignments such as previous experience working with patients in a community-based setting; or Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Social Work or related health sciences field a plus.

•              Certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist, preferred, though required within one year of hire. 

•              Experience working with primary care providers or in other healthcare settings.

•              Experience working with patients regarding managing their health, navigating systems, providing care coordination and health coaching is preferred.

•              Proven ability to maintain confidential information

•              Experience working with persons of differing backgrounds and socioeconomic circumstances

•              Reliable transportation and the ability to travel to various locations in the state.

Success Factors: 

•              Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment to achieve program goals.

•              Ability to relate to patients and build trusting relationships.

•              Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers, patients, family/care givers, and partner agencies.

•              Strong time management and organizational skills and the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously

•              Assertive approach to problem-solving

•              Exercise sound judgment and decision-making. 

•              Ability to assess and differentiate priorities and take initiative and follow through.

•              Demonstrated commitment to the promotion of mental health and suicide prevention

•              Strong interpersonal skills.

•              Excellent written and verbal communication skills.