Position Title: Part Time Harm Reduction Peer Recovery Specialist
Reports Directly To: Cecil Harm Reduction Lead
Reports Indirectly To: Chief Operations Officer
Location: 411 West Pulaski Hwy Cecil Harm Reduction House
Approved Date: 10/25/2021
Pay Range: $15 – $19 per hour depending on experience and CPRS Certification status.
Hours and days will vary, Monday – Sunday 11:00 am – 7:00 pm

SUMMARY:

: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (preferred) will provide recovery support
services to individuals who are in active use on outreach walks, at fixed site (411 W. Pulaski
Hwy.) and through home deliveries of harm reduction supplies. Peer will engage with
individuals as appropriate to the stage of change identified, using a trauma informed care
approach. Peer will be knowledgeable about local health care, treatment and human services
resources and be able to provide referrals. Peer will collect data using paper and electronic
forms. The ideal candidate will have a strong recovery foundation and contribute to a positive
and healing environment with co-workers. Peer will be trained in all programs available at VoH
to provide referrals.

Harm Reduction Peers at Voices of Hope through employment or volunteer status must all
follow the same Voices of Hope Ethical Agreement. The Ethical Agreement serves as a tool for
individuals not to cause harm to the organization, co-workers or individuals served and must be
signed upon hiring or volunteer status. The Harm Reduction Peer Specialist plays a vital role in
assisting individuals with practical strategies and ideas aimed to reduce potentially negative and
harmful consequences for individuals who use substances or engage in risky behaviors. The
Harm Reduction Peer Recovery Specialist will be responsible for community education
engagement and must be well informed on the current trends and education regarding Harm
Reduction strategies on an ongoing basis. The peer specialist will be trained to become a
Certified Narcan Train-the-Trainer and must be very knowledgeable about Overdose Prevention
and tips and comfortable with training individuals who use drugs in the community as well as the
community itself. The Harm Reduction Peer Recovery Specialist will be required to sign up for
weekly outreach walks in some of the most vulnerable communities affected by overdose. The
peer recovery specialist will be required to treat each individual with a trauma informed care
approach and have knowledge of all pathways of recovery through taking Recovery Coach
Academy. The Peer Recovery Specialist will be responsible for following all Harm Reduction
outreach policies and protocols and will follow protocols with warm handoffs to the Crisis
services team for treatment coordination when applicable.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Other duties may be assigned.

  1. The Harm Reduction Peer Recovery Specialist will be required to sign up for weekly
    outreach walks in some of the most vulnerable communities affected by overdose.
  2. Participate in Homeless Outreach as assigned by the supervisor.
  3. Attend monthly Hope Street/Harm Reduction meetings.
  4. Accurate and timely completion of data entry.
  5. Communication for this position is a must

QUALIFICATIONS and SKILLS:

  1. Must be familiar with Stages of Change, Motivational Interviewing and Active Listening.
  2. CCAR RCA within 60 days of hire (Voices will provide)
  3. Attend Voices of Hope volunteer orientation
  4. Attend Voices of Hope Narcan Train the Trainer
  5. Valid Driver’s License
  6. Must pass a pre employment drug screen

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:

  1. Lived experience with substance use.
  2. CCAR RCA within 60 days of hire (Voices will provide)

Please send cover letter and resumes to voicesofhope414@gmail.com .