Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care is dedicated to excellence in providing behavioral health services to the people of New Jersey. We are committed to being a leader in the delivery of effective, compassionate and accessible care that is informed by research and education. The Department of Community Based Services is seeking Peer Support Specialists to be part of the Intensive Recovery Treatment Support (IRTS) team. The main purpose of the position is to provide pre and post release services to individuals within the Department of Corrections (DOC) with an opioid use disorder (OUD) and other substance use disorders (SUD) and facilitate continuity of care and treatment.
Functions as a role model, mentor, sounding board, advocate, and an ally to individuals served; develops meaningful, impactful and trusting relationships.
Provides pre-release services to individuals, such as, conducting a Recovery and Wellness Planning Assessment.
Provides educational support and links individuals to referral sources.
Provides post-release services to individuals, such as, assisting in the need to navigate through treatment, health care and social service systems.
Visits individuals served in their home or living situation throughout the State as per schedule developed with Supervisor.
Monitors treatment plans and assists individuals with benefits, employment, and/or transportation.
Engages family members, significant others, and other key natural supports to aid the released individual in recovery efforts.
Minimum Education and Experience:
High school diploma or equivalent.
Three (3) years of relevant life experience.
Direct experience with incarceration and/or substance use.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Must be certified or eligible for Certification as a Peer Support Specialist, Peer Health Navigator, or Peer Bridger. Certification must be obtained within twelve (12) months of hire.
Ability to work independently, and as a member of a team.
Knowledge of public transit system or willingness to learn and teach.
Ability to use computer to record services, or be willing to learn.
Experience with community based service provision to adults with addictions.
Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish).
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Work environment includes both office based services, provided in the NJ Prison system and community outreach.
Must not have been incarcerated or on probation or parole for the past five (5) years.
Serve assigned shift which may include one (1) weekend day.
On-call duties, as assigned.
Valid driver’s license. Must possess own vehicle or alternate means of transportation for use to outreach.
Must submit to random urine screen, when requested.
Must be approved by the Department of Corrections (DOC) and adhere to all DOC requirements. Employees will be subject to and must comply with all security regulations and procedures of NJ Department of Corrections and the assigned facility(ies) including, but not limited to, sign-in logs or electronic time clocks, searches of person and property, etc. Violations of NJ Department of Corrections and/or being banned by the Department of Corrections to work at a NJ Department of Corrections facility, are grounds for disciplinary action and potential termination.
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