Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) - Prevention & Recovery Center

Date: Jan 30, 2023

Location: Indianapolis, US, 46202

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: SEMHC  

Req ID:  11882 


Schedule: Part Time 

Shift: Days 


Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center, Indiana's first community mental health center, provides comprehensive care for emotional and behavioral problems, including severe mental illness and substance abuse. The Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center offers both inpatient and outpatient services, including several outreach centers as well as clinic- and community-based services.



FLSA Status


Job Role Summary

The Prevention and Recovery Center, Coordinated Specialty Care (PARC CSC) provides early screening, prevention, and intervention services for individuals ages 14 - 35 who have experienced a first episode of psychosis (FEP) within the past 5 years. PARC CSC provides comprehensive clinical services with multidisciplinary teams evaluating and addressing every participant’s individual needs using the OnTrack model of care. Three clinical teams serve program participants, each comprised of a psychiatrist, psychologist, therapist, case manager, nurse, clinical pharmacist, supportive employment and education specialist (SEES), peer specialist, and team lead. PARC CSC aims to improve functioning, promote wellness and recovery, and ultimately improve outcomes for young people with psychotic disorders.




The PARC CSC Certified Recovery Specialist (Peer Specialist) assists consumers in articulating personal goals for recovery, determining reasonable and holistic steps toward recovery, identifying barriers to recovery goals, identifying personal strengths in daily living and recovery skills, and building social and life skills through working in partnership and collaboration.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

Assists consumers in the following areas:

  • articulating personal goals for recovery
  • determines reasonable and holistic steps toward recovery
  • identifying barriers to recovery goals
  • identifying personal strengths in daily living and recovery skills
  • building social and life skills through working in partnership and collaboration ng

Builds connections with consumers and families through sharing experiences, listening, and collaboration
Assists in engages consumers in PARC CSC services
Supports consumers and families in at enrollment and throughout their program involvement
Promotes hope and recovery through the use of their own personal recovery story
Co-creates and builds wellness tools with consumers
Observes and reinforces positive progress that consumers make toward recovery goals
Teaches problem solving skills
Teaches consumers to identify and combat negative self-talk; how to identify and overcome fears
Supports the education/employment choices consumers make and assists them in overcoming these related anxieties and conflicts
Represents the needs and perspectives of the consumer
Utilizes selective self-disclosure about their own lived experience with mental health problems, substance use, and other life aspects
Maintains effective coping and self-help techniques
Collaborates with other multidisciplinary team members
Continues to develop professional skill by maintaining certification through required coursework
Participates in activities related to community education and awareness of recovery and stigma reduction
Assists non consumer staff in identifying program elements that are supportive or destructive to recovery, and helps to shape the team’s culture to one that promotes person-centered, recovery oriented, strengths-based service delivery
Attends relevant seminars, staff in-service trainings as offered
Participates in routine supervision 

Job Requirements

Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) certification required; Must be able to verify completion of state approved training program. High School Diploma or equivalent (GED)

  • Experience in a human services area, teaching and observing
  • Valid Indiana driver’s license that meets the Eskenazi Health’s driving policy requirement
  • Possess the ability and willingness to disclose personal recovery story (where appropriate) for the purposes of empowerment
  • Have excellent judgement skills in order to understand boundaries when working with clients of mental health services
  • Be someone who has made good progress towards their own recovery, with demonstrated interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to empathize with, relate to, and effectively work with participants of mental health services 

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrates flexibility and an openness to learning
  • Relates well to persons of all ages
  • As much as possible, the Peer Specialist should understand the culture of the community in which the team is based
  • Basic knowledge of behavioral health

Knowledge of:

  • Community resources
  • Patient rights and responsibilities
  • Certified recovery specialist code of ethics
  • Experience or demonstrated competency through orientation and education on the ability to offer support for clients under the influence of substances and management of a safe environment


Meets the following basic competencies:

  • Basic first aid/CPR
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Documentation and billing practice
  • CPI
  • Confidentiality process and procedure
  • Annual education
  • Legal issues
  • OBHP eligible 



Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center's primary mission is to serve individuals with serious mental illness and chronic addiction as well as seriously emotionally disturbed children and their families. Patients of all ages are welcomed, from children to seniors, with a philosophy of care that stresses strength-based and family- and community-centered treatment utilizing the Recovery Model of treatment.




Nearest Major Market: Indianapolis