Recovery Coach

Date Posted: 
Fri, 01/11/2019
Barbara McInnis House
Full time
Job summary: 

The Recovery Coach (RC) embedded at the Barbara McInnis House (BMH), a medical respite of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless (BHCHP) is considered an essential, non-clinical member of the care team. The BMH has a long tradition of providing exceptional and compassionate medical respite services to men and women experiencing homelessness. The RC will provide peer recovery support services to patients at any point on the recovery continuum with substance use disorder (SUD). As part of the BMH staff, the RC will support patients during their inpatient stay and work with them and their care teams to develop disposition plans for post-discharge. The RC will bridge the segregated treatment system into a more holistic care model through providing support across multiple systems and frameworks of care. The RC should possess thorough understanding of community culture to address the barriers to successful recovery and provide links to community resources and treatment options.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 
  • Engage with patients identified with SUD referred by BMH staff and support them during their stay
  • Works collaboratively with treatment team in support of evidence-based services to patients with SUD
  • Serves as a liaison between the recovery community, the addiction treatment system, the medical treatment system, and the patient’s community, family, and social context to facilitate connections across systems of care
  • Assists with access to treatment for SUD and co-occurring conditions post-discharge, understanding and using systems and procedures to rapidly support identified needs of the patient
  • Together with input from the patient, join with clinical staff to facilitate referrals to appropriate disposition options 
  • Address barriers to successful recovery and serves as role model and advocate 
  • Educates on and encourages attendance and participation in, recovery-oriented, self-help, and pro-social groups
  • Works to understand the needs and personal goals of the patient and works collaboratively with the patient to remove obstacles that might interfere with goal attainment.
  • Educate patients about addiction safe use practices, multiple pathways of recovery and utilize motivational enhancement techniques to explore ambiguity and tip the scales towards healthy decision-making
  • Offer peer coaching and support patients to identify and develop their own short-term personal wellness goals and to achieve and maintain the highest level of health
  • Clearly and effectively offer to facilitate communication between the patient, BMH staff, PCP, and any external providers maintaining appropriate confidentiality procedures and boundaries
  • Write brief non-clinical notes in the patient’s medical record in support of effective and collaborative medical care and social services.
  • Systematically review the progress and challenges of each patient with a peer supervisor, to understand the most effective ways to support and encourage patient success.
  • Assists with data collection for quality assurance and program evaluation
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
  • Demonstrated understanding of the multiple pathways approach to recovery from SUD and willingness to embrace a patient-centered, patient-driven approach that recognizes an individual’s preferences and autonomy. Recovery by any means possible.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the efficacy of Medication for Addiction Treatment (MAT) as one of the multiple pathways to recovery
  • Excels at problem-solving, time management with the ability to multi-task; organized, efficient and process directed
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships to include effective boundaries with patients/families and staff
  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Effective use of the Internet and Microsoft Office programs such as Word and Outlook
  • Bilingual candidates encouraged to apply


How to Apply: 

Current employees with interest in this position should notify Human Resources in writing within 10 days of posting date.

Does this amazing opportunity interest you? Then we'd love to hear from you. Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected] (strongly preferred) and put Recovery Coach-BMH in the subject line. Please include your cover letter in the body of the email. Attach your resume in Word format. If you are unable to email, please fax documents to (857) 654-1095 or mail them to BHCHP - HR, 780 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02118.