Peer Recovery Coach at the Suffolk House of Correction OBAT Clinic

Date Posted: 
Fri, 11/09/2018
Jean Yawkey Place
40 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8:30 AM- 5 PM
Job summary: 

Join our team as a Peer Recovery Coach! Boston Health Care for the Homeless (BHCHP) is seeking a Peer Recovery Coach to work with homeless individuals accessing our Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) services at the Suffolk House of Correction. At BHCHP, we believe in a world without stigma. We advocate for the expansion of access to all types of addiction treatment, and we also recognize a parallel need to reduce the harms associated with drug use for people who do not seek treatment, who cannot currently access treatment, or who have recently relapsed. We do not require our patients to stop using before we start helping them, and we know that recovery is a life-long process. The ideal candidate for this role is a compassionate and self-motivated individual who is himself or herself in recovery from substance use disorder, who embraces the mission of BHCHP, and who is committed to offering hope to homeless, incarcerated and unstably housed individuals as they work towards achieving sustained recovery.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

In keeping with our mission, the Peer Recovery Coach will be an integral part of an interdisciplinary team at our Office-Based Addiction Treatment (OBAT) Clinic at the Suffolk House of Correction (HOC). Through this clinic, evidenced-based medication assisted treatment (MAT, such as buprenorphine and naltrexone) will be provided to inmates at Suffolk HOC with documented opioid use disorder within 4 months prior to release. The goal of the program will be to engage this population prior to release from the HOC, to liaise with external MAT partners in order to improve transitions of care for these individuals upon release, and ultimately to improve outcomes related to drug use in this population at high-risk of fatal overdose upon release. You will join an interdisciplinary team of doctors, a clinic/project director, therapist, care coordinator, and others working together to support and stabilize incarcerated individuals with a diagnosis of opioid use disorder prior to release and in the post-release period. As the Peer Recovery Coach, you will maintain ongoing patient support regardless of relapse and will serve as a motivator, ally, role model, problem solver, and advocate for patients with SUD. The Coach should possess thorough understanding of community culture to address the barriers to successful recovery, better tailor health messages, and provide links to community resources and treatment options.

Qualifications and Requirements: 
  • High school diploma or GED required  
  • Demonstrates ability to maintain 2 years of sustained and uninterrupted recovery at time of hire required; 3-5 years of sustained and uninterrupted recovery preferred.
  • Successful completion of a CCAR approved Recovery Coach Academy before hire, or the successful completion of a CCAR approved Recovery Coach Academy within 4 months of hire.
  • Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) certification required within first 12 months of employment
  • Strong advocacy skills along with knowledge of community-based services, resources, and local recovery community
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply
How to Apply: 

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