• Substance Use Recovery Coach

    Posted on November 3, 2017 by in
    November 3, 2017
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    Join us in changing people’s lives!  Thresholds is a community mental health agency, which serves individuals with serious mental health needs within the community.  We assist our members with independent living skills, coping skills, crisis intervention, medical, housing and benefits.

    Thresholds, a national leader in mental health services, is a recipient of the Chicago Tribune “Top 100 Workplaces" for three consecutive years and a 10-time winner of Chicago’s “101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work For".   Through our more than 75 Chicagoland locations and 30 innovative programs, Thresholds provides healthcare, housing and hope for over 15,000 adults and youth.

    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 after care for members who have completed treatment.


    • Engage members in treatment through 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 planning.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Provider overdose prevention education and support.
    • Meet required billing targets and complete all documentation within assigned timeframes meeting agency and DASA 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 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 personal vehicle.


    • High School Diploma or GED preferred.


    • Lived experience with long-term recovery (2 or more years) from a substance use disorder or cooccurring 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 an effective 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.


    • Ability to use computer and keyboard.
    • Ability to stand, bend and stretch. Ability to lift or move up to 30 lbs.
    • Stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking, grasping and lifting may all be required in this position.
    • Hearing: Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels or without correction. Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, make fine discriminations in sound.
    • Talking: Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word.
    • The worker is subject to both environmental conditions: Activities occur inside and outside.


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