In the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services this class is accountable for using shared life experiences and recovery management techniques to engage, motivate, educate, and mentor clients in achieving individualized goals for successful community living.
GUIDELINES FOR JOB CLASS USE
The Recovery Support Specialist is a non-clinical role, which does not involve treatment, assessment or evaluation. The duties are centered around mutuality and sharing a common recovery perspective and language with the client. A Recovery Support Specialist is expected to act as an educator and advocate, promoting the program values of autonomy, diversity and empowerment, and as a knowledgeable broker who is able to link clients to community-based supports and other resources. Duties are not case management in nature. Care is taken to sustain the ability of Recovery Support Specialists to present an alternative view of traditional mental health services.
The class is used in the following ways:
Inpatient Settings (Connecticut Valley Hospital, Greater Bridgeport Community Mental Health Center, Connecticut Mental Health Center, Capitol Region Mental Health Center/Inpatient Treatment Unit, and Southeast Mental Health Center/Brief Care Program): The primary role is to offer peer support to persons both prior and subsequent to discharge. The Recovery Support Specialist acts as a Peer Transition/Community connector for the client and is part of a centralized programmatic service providing consultation to treatment teams.
Community/Outpatient Settings: The primary role of the Recovery Support Specialist is to offer peer support to persons seeking successful community living serving as a member of a clinical support team in a non-clinical capacity.
Works under the general supervision of a behavioral health professional.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Guides clients through the process of defining personal goals for clients' recovery plans using existing evidence based workbooks or person centered planning tools;
Supports and guides clients in following tasks outlined in recovery plan (i.e. pursuing goals related to employment, education, community involvement and the use of natural supports);
Guides clients in identifying and exercising their rights;
Participates in rehabilitative and recovery oriented interventions to meet clients’ needs and goals;
Provides information and support to clients and encourages their development of community networks and activities relating to community integration;
Provides instruction and skill training in recovery management to clients and families;
Acts as a peer health navigator to engage clients who have or are at risk for co-morbid medical conditions in wellness activities;
Supports clients to secure information about resources relevant to their wellness;
Supports clients in obtaining services that meet clients recovery needs;
Supports clients in dealing with internal and external stress;
Attends medical/clinical appointments with clients in a peer capacity;
Accompanies clients as peers on volunteer opportunities and activities;
Organizes and conducts workshops on topics related to recovery and wellness including New Employee Orientation at the local level;
Observes and reports clients’ behavior;
Prepares and submits incident or other related forms;
Updates clients’ notes in the medical record as required;
Enters computerized data as required;
May coach adaptive client behaviors through verbal communication;
May provide outreach and transportation;
Performs related duties as required.
In addition to the duties listed above, the duties move from providing one-on-one peer support to teaching coping and community adjustment skills and linking the client with important community resources, and include the following:
Accompanies clients off the unit and onto the hospital campus or community to practice entering unexpected situations and managing stress and disorientation.
Accompanies clients on day passes to the community to acclimate the client to their new community.
May provide coverage at Peer Desk Center to engage and offer peer support to the general hospital population.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
community support systems and resources;
person-centered planning, Wellness Recovery Action Planning and other recovery management techniques;
the principles and procedures of psychiatric rehabilitation;
Considerable interpersonal skills;
Oral and written communication skills;
observe and redirect client behavior;
utilize computer software.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Completion of the Recovery Support Specialist Certification.
Incumbents in this class must possess and maintain Recovery Support Specialist Certification.
Incumbents must adhere to the DMHAS Peer Support Ethical Guidelines.
Incumbents in this class may be required to be bilingual or fluent in American Sign Language.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and maintain a valid Motor Vehicle Operator's license.
After completion of six (6) months of successful and satisfactory performance as a Recovery Support Specialist Trainee, an incumbent will be moved to the Recovery Support Specialist classification, HN 14 Step 1 (On the first pay period following the completion of the six (6) month requirement).
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(25)-Patient and Inmate Care
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Recovery Support Specialist Trainee (40 Hour) in Salary Group FK 13 approved effective October 2, 2015. (Revised to modernize format and add acknowledgement section) Final No. 23-136