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Peer Specialist - Opioid Response
Title:Peer Specialist - Opioid Response
Department:Adult Outpatient Services
Location:330 Kay Larkin Dr., Palatka, FL 32177

Working Hours: 40 hrs week; Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm

*** 2 Positions available ***

This is a responsible direct service position serving as a member of the multidisciplinary Opioid Response Team. The incumbent has responsibility to carry out rehabilitation and support functions and assist in treatment; provide substance abuse services, education, support, and consultation; and provide crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees. Work is performed in accordance with established policies, procedures, and state and federal regulations.  Work is reviewed through periodic meetings, reports written, client records, performance indicator results, direct observation, and conformance with agency/program policies, procedures and practices, state and federal regulations.


High school diploma and must be a consumer of substance abuse services either currently or in the past being in recovery for a minimum of 2 years. Certification as a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is preferred, and may be required within six months of hire.
  • Must have a strong commitment to the right and ability of each person with a severe and persistent substance abuse diagnosis or mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services. 
  • Skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with substance abuse issues and severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for client rights and personal preferences in treatment are essential
  • Knowledge of mental health and substance addiction. 
  • Knowledge of the characteristics and problems of adults with substance abuse issues and severe and persistent mental illnesses.  
  • Knowledge of psychotropic and MAT medication.
  • Ability to quickly assess situations and use sound judgment in defusing potentially risky situations. 
  • Ability to identify services needed by clients during the rehabilitation process. 
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, medical and clinical professionals, and the general public.  
  • Ability to prepare clear and concise written client documentation/reports. 
  • Ability to handle verbally and /or physically abusive and aggressive persons and utilize aggression control techniques to ensure the safety and well being of the person, other persons, and employees on the team. 
  • Ability to incorporate cultural and age appropriate care into all aspects of communication and service delivery.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with other employees, program staff, persons receiving services, outside organizations, and others.
  • Able to establish and maintain healthy boundaries
  • Assists in transportation of clients to and from appropriate detox centers and outpatient services
  • As a member of a multidisciplinary treatment team, provides peer support to all clients.
  • Tasks include locating and coordinating services, implementing interventions, educating  clients and the members of their networks, building relationships, modeling behaviors, consulting as needed, advocating for rights and preferences, transporting clients, going into clients’ homes, documenting as required, modeling and teaching rehabilitation skills, promoting wellness behaviors, overseeing housing needs,  counseling and advising, and supporting clients so that their ability to function independently in the community is maximized. 
  • Work in collaboration with local law enforcement to meet clients with a recent substance related overdose in order to provide linkage to services.
  • Assists with evidenced based prevention presentations at local schools and youth serving organizations.
  • Provides support to clients in their recovery processes to include abstinence, AA/NA, Celebrate Recovery, MAT, IOP, Outpatient services, etc. based on the client’s needs and preference.
  • Collaborates with and assists Opioid Response Team members in a supportive role with the client and actively participating in staff meetings, leading groups, participating in trainings, and sharing resources and information.
  • Makes commitment to SMA’s mission and core values the SMA Way
  • Builds and maintains good working relationships with community providers.
  • Attend community meetings as directed by supervisor.
  • Abides by principles of EEO compliance and a workplace of dignity and respect.
  • Works cooperatively in a group/team setting.
  • Shows respect to others.
  • Takes guidance and direction from supervisors.
  • Arrives/Reports to work on time and ready to work.
SMA Healthcare, Inc. is a tobacco and drug-free workplace.
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