Peer Recovery Coach-AIC

Date: May 16, 2022

Location: Indianapolis, IN, US, 46203

Organization: HHC

Division:Eskenazi Health  

Sub-Division: SEMHC  

Req ID:  11263 


Schedule: Full Time 

Shift: Varied (Days/Evenings) 


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.



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Job Role Summary

The Assessment and Intervention Center (AIC) Peer Recovery Coach assists clients in accessing and maintaining recovery-oriented substance use treatment, resources and community recovery supports. This position assists clients at the AIC in navigating multiple systems and frameworks of care across the community. The Peer Recovery Coach develops initial relationships with clients coming into the AIC and maintains ongoing client support regardless of the stage of recovery and serves as a motivator, ally, role model, problem solver and advocate for patients who use substances and are seeking assistance. The Peer Recovery Coach possesses a thorough understanding of community culture and is able to address the barriers of successful recovery, including decreasing stigma related to mental health and substance use while linking individuals to community resources and treatment options.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities

•    Embraces, understands, and operates under the Recovery Model, including AIDET (Acknowledge, Introduce, Duration, Explanation, ThankYou) and the spirit of motivational interviewing.
•    Engages residents using Motivational Interviewing and framed by the Recovery Model to acclimate them to the Assessment and Intervention Center and next steps in their recovery.
•    Uses CPR and CPI as emergency response to help ensure safety of clients at the AIC 
•    Engages with individuals who have been identified as using substances for the purpose of assisting with access to initial and ongoing treatment and support
•    Provides services in a variety of locations including site of AIC referral, AIC housing unit, client's home, community, emergency department and outpatient treatment providers
•    Works with clinical team to conduct initial needs assessment, reviews the patient's substance use history and assists in identifying the client's goals and expectations
•    Helps individuals identify and address any barriers to on-going engagement with the treatment system, including accompanying patients to appointment, meetings, and social service agencies as needed
•    Manages accurate, timely, and ethical data entry into the electronic case management record and for purpose of tracking outcomes
•    Integrates cultural awareness and sensitivity of diverse needs into client care in daily work
•    Develops positive rapport with clients and their families while maintaining appropriate professional boundaries
•    Communicates effectively with cognitively impaired clients; remains composed and effective when faced with unexpected situations
•    Explains actions reasonably and clearly to clients
•    Finds creative and effective solutions to complex problems and justifies prioritization when needed; identifies reasonable ideas/guides for prioritization of urgent requests and current demands
•    Provides community resource referrals, patient advocacy, support, outreach and follow-up as needs are identified within the client's home community
•    Initiates advocacy/liaison role for patients in referrals to and from community partners

Job Requirements

•    High School diploma or equivalent required
•    Peer Recovery Certification required
•    Strong customer service skills
•    Valid Indiana driver's license that meets standards and policy of Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

•    Demonstrates effective communication skills; ability to use age appropriate communication skills
•    Understands and has ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds-especially patients with substance use
•    Knowledge of and proficiency in operating computer programs including Microsoft Office
•    Ability to prioritize tasks and work effectively with complex tasks under pressure/time restraints/irregular schedules
•    Ability to effectively address issues of ethnic and economic diversity
•    Strong interpersonal skills and a genuine caring attitude for patients, families and staff
•    Detail-oriented with the ability to think critically and independently
•    Effective written and verbal communication skills, including ability to communicate in a professional manner with physicians, administration and the general public
•    Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize work and devise own work patterns/methods; flexible to changing priorities; ability to work with minimal supervision



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