Recovery Support Specialist (35 Hour)


Recruitment #240625-5729HN-001


Do you have a passion for supporting others? 
If so, join us and be part of our team making a difference in our community!

The State of ConnecticutDepartment of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) is now hiring a Recovery Support Specialist to join our team.

  • FACILITY: CT Valley Hospital (CVH)
  • DIVISION: Patient Central Services Division
  • LOCATION: 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 
  • SCHEDULE: Full-Time, First Shift, 35 Hours per Week | Monday - Friday from 11:30am to 7:00pm 
  • PCN: 130439
Please note: This position primarily reports to Middletown, however requires occasional travel to Hartford. 


  • Engage in a rewarding career;
  • Provide support to a division that is passionate about improving the lives of those we serve;
  • Assist our clients so they can achieve success;
  • Make a difference in the public sector; 
  • Work together in a collaborative team environment.
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. 

CVH provides trauma informed gender responsive treatment that empowers individuals to manage recovery, improve quality of life and return to the community.

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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.
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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 their recovery plan using existing evidence-based workbooks or person-centered planning tools; 
  • Supports and guides clients in following tasks outlined in their 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 client 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 their 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 responsibilities move from providing one-on-one peer support to demonstrating and coaching the client through the development of coping and community adjustment skills and linking the client with important community resources, including:

  • Accompanies clients off the unit and on to 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.


Six (6) months of experience working in the mental health and/or substance use recovery field.


Six (6) months of experience as a Recovery Support Specialist Trainee may be substituted for the General Experience.


  • Experience providing services to individuals with co-occurring mental health and addiction concerns
  • Experience facilitating peer-led meetings or activities
  • Experience working with individuals in an inpatient setting


  • Incumbents in this class must possess and retain a recovery support 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.