Community Health Worker/ Peer Recovery Specialist

Rhode Island Hospital
Full time
Prior Incarceration Preferred
CCHW or Peer Recovery Specialist Certification Within First Year
Excellent Benefits!


The Community Health Worker/Peer Recovery Specialist (CHW/PRS) is a diverse and integral position here at Lifespan. The CHW/PRS focuses on Social Determinants of Health and provides patients with individualized support around their specific needs. They assess patient needs creates a plan of care and implements the plan to help their client reach the established goals. The CHW/PRS helps with the navigation of social supports including: substance use, treatment, harm reduction, medical and behavioral health referrals, housing support, food supports, health insurance, transportation and more. 


The applicant should be a dynamic motivated individual with thorough knowledge of local social services and community resources. They should also understand what the Community Health Worker/Peer Specialist frameworks represent and how to integrate these into their direct care work. Patients being supported by CHW/PRSs are some of the most vulnerable and have a multitude of health issues that need to be addressed. CHW/PRSs should have an understanding of Trauma Informed Care and how to utilize tools such as Motivational Interviewing to help the patient identify their needs and support them in the most effective ways.

The applicant should have completed Community Health Worker and/or Peer Recovery Specialist training upon hire. Or will need to complete the CHW and/or PRS trainings within one year of hiring.

Specifically the role of the CHW/PRS is to:

Work collaboratively on an interdisciplinary team utilizing an integrated client care model in conjunction with best practices for Community Health Workers.

Engage in effective motivational interviewing peer outreach and case management.

Coordinate collaboration with the medical home-primary care (PCP) community services case managers and social workers to deliver interventions that will address social needs and maximize patient health outcomes.


Under supervision of the CHW/PRS Supervisor and with oversight from the Manager of Discharge Planning the CHW/PRS is responsible for performing the following essential job functions:


Complete initial assessments with the patient and providers to identify specific areas of focus patient strengths and barriers to care

Work to build a trusting and supportive relationship through continued rapport building techniques which you can develop goals for patients’ care.

Help patients develop and maintain systems to manage their care through goal setting and motivational interviewing

Provide patients with education about their personal needs as to build self-efficacy

Educate patients about substance use disorder treatment options and facilitate initiation of and referral to evidence-based treatment including medications for opioid use disorder.This includes supporting patients and providers administering buprenorphine in the ED.

Educate patients about their medical diagnoses and support them in connecting with specialists and medical care teams for follow up care.

Referral and navigation to community harm reduction addiction treatment recovery and medical based services

Help to address any logistic barriers scheduling complications childcare needs etc. that would prevent a patient from showing up to their appointments.

Accompany patients to appointments with health care and social services providers when needed to provide support and advocacy.

Coordinate and collaborate with patient’s care team (existing health care providers case workers social workers etc.). Mobilize existing team members to action on behalf of the patient.

Document care coordination notes in the EMR (electronic medical record).

Follow up with case load weekly.

Shifts vary depending on volume of emergency department statistics.

Some weekends are required.

Compete other job duties as assigned. 

Other information:


Two (2) years of verifiable experience providing information education intervention and/or referral services to culturally diverse populations. Recent experience (last 5 years) working as part of a multi-disciplinary team in a health care setting preferred.

Community Health Worker certification and/or Peer Recovery Specialist certification in Rhode Island preferred. Must complete within 1 year of hire date.

Experience working with health care systems substance use treatment programs and/or community-based organizations.

Experience with motivational interviewing advising/counseling clients and/or participating in health promotion and health education activities.

Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Excellent organization thorough record-keeping follow through and ability to juggle multiple priorities in fast-paced environment with multiple collaborators.

Demonstrated excellent attendance and reliability.

Willingness to travel to and work in various environments including prison/jail settings street outreach home visits at patient’s residence or homeless encampment.

Intermediate computer skills including Microsoft Office and scheduling.

If performing an assignment that requires driving must have a good driving record meet and maintain the appropriate and valid driver’s license in order to operate motor vehicles as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations in accordance with the Lifespan Fleet Risk Control Policy.

Experience living or working in South Providence and experience working with formerly incarcerated individuals LGBT individuals and/or people with severe mental health issues preferred.

Prior experience using an electronic medical record preferred.

Prior incarceration preferred.

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Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.