• Substance Use Recovery Coach

    Posted on August 12, 2019 by in
    August 12, 2019
    Blue Island
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    Certification Type
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    Shannon Naylor


    The Substance Use Recovery Coach, working in treatment and community settings, will provide community-based support, outreach, and recovery coaching in order to increase members’ treatment engagement, as well as help members to maintain their treatment goals and increase their recovery resources in community environments, including the use of mutual aid groups. The Recovery Coach will also actively outreach members who have fallen out of care, as well as community members who are not in treatment but are at risk for substance use disorders. The Recovery Coach will also provide follow-up and aftercare for members who have completed treatment.



    Engage members in recovery and rehabilitative services through harm reduction, motivational interviewing, and motivational enhancement techniques.

    Work with members to develop a Continuing Recovery Plan that addresses their comprehensive needs.

    Use person-centered and self-directed approaches to recovery, including harm reduction.

    Link members to recovery support services, including facilitating the use of community-based mutual aid resources.

    Assist members in connecting with an external provider for continued Medication Assisted Treatment.

    Facilitate alumni support groups.

    Coordinate with external mutual aid group facilitators for on-site delivery of groups.

    Routinely meet with members in their community environments.

    Assist members in accessing other services, both on and off-site, to meet their additional needs.

    Provide support to members with collateral sources, including other agencies, Social Security Administration, medical providers, Chicago Housing Authority, etc. Advocates and assists with problem solving/resolution that will help the member access and utilize support from the community or support system.

    Collaborate with members to engage family and other social supports in recovery planning.

    Accompany member to meetings, appointments, etc., in the community, using public transportation.

    Adhere to the Recovery Coach curriculum to its fidelity.

    Provide overdose prevention education and support.

    Meet required billing targets and complete all documentation within assigned timeframes meeting agency and SUPR standards.

    Other duties as assigned.


    Perform and participate in crisis intervention when necessary.

    May be required to communicate significant information regarding members to other staff workers and supervisors. Provide accurate and timely information to the supervisor on all topics and issues related to the operation of the agency and the well-being of members.

    May be required to work flexible schedules and be available to work on weekends or evenings as required.

    May be required to provide transportation for members of the program using a Thresholds provided vehicle

    May be required to transport members in a personal vehicle.



    High School Diploma or GED preferred.


    Lived experience with long-term recovery (2 or more years) from a substance use disorder or co-occurring substance use disorder and mental illness.

    Experience working in substance use treatment setting preferred.

    Experience working with persons diagnosed with behavioral health needs preferred.

    Ability to work as a team player.

    Ability to document services provided in an Electronic Health Record in a timely manner.

    Strong interpersonal skills.


    CADC, NCRS, CRSS, or CARS credentials preferred.

    Current and valid driver's license preferred.


    Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

    The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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