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Recovery Coach/Peer Coach Support Specialist - locations throughout the state of Michigan 

Location Wexford County  
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift Various Shifts  

The Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach is an individual who possess a unique perspective to treatment, due to his/her own experience with mental illness and/or substance abuse. The Peer Support Specialist draws from his/her personal experience to carry the message of hope and recovery to the people we serve in residential and outpatient settings. Much of this support is offered in a coaching/mentoring manner, where the Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach cultivates and secures a connection with the person served, while teaching personal responsibility and serving as a mentor and role model on the recovery and wellness process. The Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach will interact, support and mentor persons served who are working to regain control over their own lives and over their own recovery process and will be an essential member of multi-disciplinary treatment teams. The Peer Support Specialist/Recovery Coach must demonstrate excellent customer service and have enthusiasm about the program and the Pine Rest organization.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Use experiences with personal recovery to offer hope, encouragement and reassurance to the people served within the program.
  • Participate as assigned in clinical and staff meetings.
  • Participate in the person centered planning process as requested by persons served.
  • Work with program leadership to implement programmatic changes by utilizing evidence based practices to improve the quality of our services and outcomes.
  • Assist the people we serve to become active participants in their treatment and encourage self-advocacy while in the program. Encourage those served to take personal responsibility for their own recovery and wellness.
  • Document interactions in the electronic medical record and coordinate with other treatment team members as necessary.
  • In individual and/or group settings, provide services aimed at promoting independence, community inclusion and productivity. Services offered may include but are not limited to: Assistance in applying for benefits, assistance in finding and maintaining housing, budgeting skills, maintaining a mentoring program, Wellness Recovery Action Plan care coordination and medical advocacy and follow up after psychiatric hospitalizations and/or detox/residential admissions.
  • Work as part of the interdisciplinary team to provide the best possible care and/or treatment to each person served.
  • May schedule and lead group programming. Complete the appropriate group paperwork required within the program.
  • May provide formal and impromptu training for direct care staff and other team members to assist the team in utilizing a recovery oriented approach.
  • Learns and helps to accomplish patients’ treatment plans and goals.
  • Support and promote a recovery focused environment and person-centered approach within the program.
  • Must maintain annual training and demonstrate competency in the required programmatic training.
  • Performs other duties or functions as assigned.

Position Requirements

Required/Desired Qualifications:

Education, Training, and Experience:

  • Must possess, at a minimum, a High School Diploma or GED, 6 moths post high school education in behavioral sciences may be preferred, but is not required.
  • Life experience that allows individuals to identify self as peer and/or coach is required.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate in both written and verbal format to meet position responsibilities.
  • Current certification as a Certified Peer Support Specialist and/or Recovery Coach or ability to obtain Michigan Peer Support Specialist Certification once hired may be required. Some programs may require the candidate to have been served by the public mental health system.
  • May be required to have been diagnosed with a Mental Illness or Substance Abuse.
  • May be required to have been served by the Public Mental Health System.

Specific skills, knowledge, and abilities:

  • Ability to provide care/service within the scope of: Holding a conviction to express Christ’s love and compassion to recipients of services, coworkers, and surrounding communities through integrity, stewardship, empowerment, the promotion of diversity, and professional excellence.
  • Ability to provide cultural competent care with a wide range of individuals in a diverse community setting.
  • At least one year experience working in the field with individuals requiring mental health and substance use treatment preferred.
  • The chosen candidate is required to have a valid Michigan driver’s license and access to transportation for the performance of job duties.

Pine Rest is an EOE

About the Organization Pine Rest is a nonprofit, free standing, behavioral health system founded in 1910 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. This comprehensive behavioral health center, coupled with the Pine Rest network of 18 outpatient clinics and satellite offices in Michigan and Iowa, provide individualized and group therapy for people of all ages and all levels of need. Pine Rest clinicians offer therapeutic services in behavioral health for people of all ages and all levels of need across the continuum of care within a Christian framework.

Pine Rest has a 198-bed inpatient hospital program with a 36-bed child and adolescent inpatient and a large partial hospital program for adolescents. Additionally, Pine Rest has many inpatient services for adults, including: four 22-bed adult inpatient units each designed for a different level of acuity, a 22-bed co-occurring substance use disorder adult inpatient unit, a large adult partial hospital program, and a 26-bed older adult inpatient unit.

The Pine Rest Community and Residential Services Division also provides a wide array of services. With over 220 residential beds across a variety of programs, including treatment for substance use disorders, homes for adults with intellectual and developmental disorders, adults with mental illness, and a program for youth aged 11-18 with extensive trauma histories focusing on trauma treatment and life skills programming.

The Pine Rest Behavioral Health Solutions Division partners with behavioral health and medical organizations to increase access to psychiatry services and to provide a continuum of behavioral health and telepsychiatry services throughout many communities across the State of Michigan.

Number of Openings 2  
EOE Statement Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services an equal employment opportunity employer and complies with the following:

Executive Order 11246, as amended, prohibits employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, and requires affirmative action to ensure equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment.

Executive Order 11246, as amended, protects applicants and employees from discrimination based on inquiring about, disclosing, or discussing their compensation or the compensation of other applicants or employees.

Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, protects qualified individuals with disabilities
from discrimination in hiring, promotion, discharge, pay, fringe benefits, job training, classification, referral, and other aspects of employment. Disability discrimination includes not making reasonable accommodation to the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or employee, barring undue hardship to the employer. Section 503 also requires that Federal contractors take affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities at all levels of employment, including the executive level.

The Vietnam Era Veterans' Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, as amended, 38 U.S.C. 4212, prohibits
employment discrimination against, and requires affirmative action to recruit, employ, and advance in
employment, disabled veterans, recently separated veterans (i.e., within three years of discharge or release from active duty), active duty wartime or campaign badge veterans, or Armed Forces service medal veterans.

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