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Peer Recovery Coach Position

Organization Description

USARA is a non-profit Recovery Community Organization (RCO) that provides non-clinical peer facilitated Recovery Support Services (RSS).  Addiction and Recovery Management (ARM) is one of the RSS programs that provides peer support for individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) and family members who are wanting to initiate the recovery process or are working on sustaining their recovery either before, during or after treatment.  ARM may also be provided to individuals and family members who have not currently or previously engaged in SUD treatment or RSS.

Summary of Job Description:

The ARM Peer Recovery Coaches (PRCs) are state Certified Peer Support Specialists (CPSSs).  The PRCs work together as a team along with a Peer Support Supervisor to assist ARM participants in assessing individual Recovery Capital that supports a recovery planning process targeting specific goals to strengthen skills for sustaining recovery, and addresses barriers and challenges that can be stressful.  PRCs guide and support individuals in their motivation and engagement to make life changes that create overall improvement in their personal health and well being, family and social relationships, home and community environment, employment and purpose.

The primary goals for the PRC are to:  (a) engage participants in recovery support services, (b) assist participants in a process of developing a personal recovery plan to improve skills to help them sustain long-term recovery (c) assist participants in gaining and sustaining employment, d) support participants with achieving financial stability

The ARM PRCs may support family members who have a loved one who they are concerned about and/or supporting them to move toward recovery engagement using referral to treatment and or other recovery support services and resources.

Salary: Rate of pay is $14 to $16 per hour DOE.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides peer recovery coaching in life domains using Recovery Capital Assessment to determine priority needs.
  • Facilitate screening for eligible participants per TANF requirements.
  • Provide ARM orientation to participant and assist them in recovery management planning.
  • Works with the participant to determine how to use resources to meet goals/needs such as transportation, housing, health care, SUD and or mental health treatment and financial needs.
  • Works closely with the ARM Program Manager/Peer Supervisor, attending weekly peer supervision meetings.
  • Collaborates with treatment partners, case workers and outside agencies to support participant’s management services with appropriate written consent from participant.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities


Must complete a 40/hour Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health (DSAMH) certification for Peer Support Specialists.   https://dsamh.utah.gov/certified-peer-support-specialist-information-page/

  • Demonstrates personal recovery skills and maturity necessary to support peer participant and family members in the ARM program model.
  • Must have strong interpersonal skills. This includes the ability to listen; give direction and guidance to participants refraining from personal advice;
  • Have excellent communication skills to work professionally and collaboratively with therapists, counselors, case managers and other referral services and providers.
  • Must have strong problem-solving skills, decision-making skills, and knowledge of local community resources.
  • Must be a self-starter and internally motivated to achieve tasks and individual objectives to perform job duties.
  • Needs to organize tasks to ensure efficiency, follow up on services, and required documentation in a timely manner
  • Possess the ability to negotiate difficult situations and help motivate peer participants to improve their circumstances.

Education and Experience

  • In recovery from drug and/or addiction and actively engaged in own personal recovery practice
  • Knowledge of recovery oriented supports and resources in Utah
  • A minimum of two years of no substance use /recovery time, excluding adherence to prescribed medication treatment.
  • Have a valid Utah Driver’s License
  • Demonstrates proficiency with basic computer skills, including MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Conduct Message Trainings and Peer Leadership skills and group meetings at USARA