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Peer Recovery Support Specialist for Substance Use Disorders - OMJST Job in Canton, Ohio US

Peer Recovery Support Specialist for Substance Use Disorders - OMJST

Stark County TASC Inc. - Canton, OH

Posted: 7/30/2021 - Expires: 10/28/2021

Job ID: 230071967


Job Description

Job Title:  Peer Recovery Support Specialist for Substance Use Disorders - OMJST

Worksite Location: Canton, OH 44702

Number of Openings: 1

How to Apply:

APPLY DIRECT to Stark County TASC Inc. using the following information:

Email resume to Executive Director David A. Wills at:

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Job Description: Stark County TASC Inc., located in Canton, OH, is hiring a Peer Recovery Support Specialist for Substance Use Disorders.

Target Population:

Adults who present to hospitals in Stark County who have overdosed on; are seeking access to; or seeking treatment for the abuse of; opioids.

Service Definition:

Peer Recovery Support is a set of non-clinical, peer-based activities and skills that engage, encourage and offer support to individuals, their family members and caregivers in order to successfully connect them with appropriate resources and initiate life changes necessary to recover from disabling substance use disorders and/or mental illness. A key element contributing to the value of this service is that a Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) is a self-identifying peer, who because of his or her own recovery progress and life experiences, has expertise that professional training cannot replicate.

As part of the SOaRS Program, PRSS will provide such services as:

  • Helping individuals explore their recovery needs
  • Teach skills to navigate the health care delivery system in order to effectively and efficiently utilize services
  • Assisting with accessing and developing natural support systems in the community
  • Promoting coordination and linkage among similar providers
  • Coordinating or assisting in crisis interventions and stabilization as needed
  • Provide support and information regarding recovery and coordination to family members as requested

Service Requirements:

This service is designed to be primarily one-to-one, face-to-face interaction. There are times in which the service may be delivered in a small group, via telephone, and in a consultative manner providing support for the peer in their navigation of various systems.

As a component of the SOaRS Program, PRSS will work at a variety of hospitals in Stark County on a rotation basis as determined by the administration of Stark County TASC Inc. including a rotation of “on-call” hours of 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

Service activities include:

  • Develop trust, encourage, motivate and support the individual in making informed choices and guided decisions to establish or strengthen his or her own recovery
  • Build on individual strengths, needs, interests and capabilities
  • Assist the person with identifying their own recovery needs
  • Assist the individual with development and implementation of their own recovery plan
  • Engage or re-engage individual with his or her natural supports (family, friends, employers, neighbors, etc.)
  • Support (as appropriate) involvement with community-based self-help groups (AA, NA, NAMI, etc.)
  • Assertively link individual with community resources (employment, housing, social services, medical services, etc.)

Administrative/Procedural Responsibilities:

  • Must properly document contacts and results in a format conducive to generating appropriate reporting requirements
  • Attend supervision meetings as scheduled and attends all staff meetings as requested
  • Attends agency in-services and outside workshops to improve engagement skills and to qualify/retain certification
  • Adheres to agency policies and procedures, making suggestions to the Executive Director for revision
  • Encourages the positive image of Stark County TASC in the community by exhibiting professional demeanor and standards

Knowledge Areas:

Peer Recovery Support Specialists have lived experience in recovery and have sufficient ability to demonstrate and develop the following:

  • Science of recovery from addiction and or mental illness
  • Recovery process and various recovery promoting services, supports and strategies
  • Knowledge of communities served
  • Practice of recovery values: primacy of recovery, authenticity, participatory progress, diversity and inclusion, self-determination, etc.
  • Community resources


  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good problem-solving skills
  • Ability to seek supervision when needed

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Have a high school diploma or high school equivalent
  • Have a valid driver’s license with a good driving record
  • Must be a current or former recipient of AOD/mental health services as defined by: (a) having a significant substance use disorder/mental health disorder, as defined by the DSM-R; and (b) self-identifies as consumer; and (c) has been involved in the criminal justice system
  • Recovery experience with demonstrated effort at self-direction
  • Knowledge on how to support others in recovery

Details: Full time. 1st Shift. 40 hours/week. Monday through Friday. $12.00 to $13.50/hour (based on experience).

Qualifications: High School Diploma / GED. Must be at least 21 years of age. Minimum of 3 years of sustained sobriety. PS-A strongly preferred. Must be able to lift up to 20 lbs.

Driver’s License Requirement(s): Must Have Valid Driver’s License.

Available Benefits: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vacation, Paid Holidays, Sick Leave, 401(k).

Pre-Employment Testing: Criminal Background Check, Driving Record Check, Drug Testing, Reference Check.

OMJ Staff Contact: RC2

Contact Information

Job Summary

Employment Type:
Full Time Employee
Job type:
Regular Employment
Skill Based Partner:
Education Level:
Attained Certificate of equivalency for a HS degree
Work Days:
Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri
Work Shift:
Job Reference Code
$12.00 - $13.50 /hour
Licenses / Certifications:
PS-A strongly preferred; valid driver's license
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