Recovery Support Specialist Trainee (40 Hour)


Recruitment #231027-5728FK-001


Do you possess certification as a Recovery Support Specialist?
Do you have a passion for inspiring others through sharing your story of change and personal growth?
If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to join our team! 

The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is currently seeking a qualified individual for the position of Recovery Support Specialist Trainee.

In this role you will use your shared life experiences and recovery management techniques to engage, motivate, educate and mentor clients in achieving success. See below for more information! 

  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time (40 Hour), First Shift (8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.), Monday - Friday 
  • FACILITY: Western Connecticut Mental Health Network (WCMHN)
  • ADDRESS:  78 Triangle Street, Danbury, CT
  • UNIT: Outpatient Team & Young Adult Services (YAS)
  • PCN: 140617
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: 'ForbesState of Connecticut Ranked One of the Best Employers of 2023 - State of CT Receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule
  • A Platinum Healthcare Plan, the nation’s best for state employees and dependents, according to a report by Georgetown’s Center on Health Insurance Reform and article by Ellen Andrews, Ph.D., along with comprehensive benefit offerings
  • Extensive pension plan and supplemental retirement offerings
  • Generous paid time off, including 13 paid holidays per calendar year
  • Professional growth and development opportunities
  • A healthy work/life balance to all employees
  • State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.
*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).

A Recovery Support Specialist Trainee is necessary to provide prompt, recovery-oriented behavioral health support and intervention. Your unique ability to incorporate your recovery experiences into crisis interventions is critical to successful outcomes. Recovery Support Specialist Trainees can help to enhance public safety through effective collaboration with law enforcement and by connecting to treatment when it is more suitable than legal intervention. These types of services, when enhanced by staff who can utilize their own recovery experiences, relieve demand for services by local law enforcement and both emergency room and inpatient hospital services.

DMHAS is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve.

WCMHN provides a comprehensive and effective recovery-oriented system of mental health and addiction services that promotes self-sufficiency, dignity, cultural sensitivity and respect. WCMHN-Danbury provides clinical and case management services to individuals living within Greater Danbury Region. Our providers collaborate closely with numerous contract agencies that also serve that area.

Our Outpatient Services team provides trauma sensitive and recovery oriented behavioral health and addiction assessment and evaluation, recovery planning, case management, individual and group therapy, and medication monitoring.  Additionally, the treatment team provides access to integrated care which assists individuals in addressing and improving their physical health needs in conjunction with their behavioral health and addiction needs.  The Young Adult Services Program provides clinically appropriate, trauma-sensitive, recovery-oriented services to clients age 25 and under.  Young Adult Services provides an array of flexible age and developmentally appropriate services at varying levels of care to meet individuals’ individualized needs.  These services are multidisciplinary community-based services, which include individual therapy, group and family treatment, case management, psychosocial skill development and rehabilitative services.  Additionally, intensive outreach, proactive engagement, multidimensional support and independent living skill development are provided to individuals consistent with their level of development and functioning.

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Selection Plan

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To Apply:
  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening. The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • You must specify your qualifications on your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application for this posting to the JobAps system.
  • In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
  • This position will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion and merit employment rules.
Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:
  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • Note: At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, transcripts, diplomas, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience and training most closely meet the requirements of the position.
  • Candidates who are offered and accept a position with the State of Connecticut are bound by the State Code of Ethics for Public Officials and State Employees which is available at
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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.


  • 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 of
    • 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; 
  • Ability to
    • observe and redirect client behavior; 
    • utilize computer software.


Completion of the Recovery Support Specialist Certification.


  • Experience participating in person-centered recovering planning.
  • Experience assisting clients or patients with assessing community resources.
  • Experience working in a multi-disciplinary team environment.
  • Experience using shared life experience to engage and motivate clients.


  • 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.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


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.