Peer Recovery Specialist, Evening Shift, Behavioral Health

Adventist HealthCare
Rockville, MD
Closing date
Dec 14, 2023

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Full Time
Career Level
Experienced (Non-Manager)

Job Details

Adventist HealthCare seeks to hire an experienced Peer Recovery Specialist for our Behavioral Health unit who will embrace our mission to extend God's care through the ministry of physical, mental, and spiritual healing.

As a Peer Recovery Specialist, you will:
• Provides non-clinical peer recovery support services to individuals and families intended to aid patients with establishing recovery, and reducing risks associated with overdose.
• Meets with every patient enrolled in the IOP or SOP either at intake or within 48 hours of intake assessment.
• Engage patients in the recovery process through skills training, instruction, modeling, advocating, positive feedback and shaping that will support and guide our patient in their own recovery.
• Conducts screenings to understand the patient's history of drug and/or alcohol use, treatment history, social service and other recovery support needs and motivation to change behavior.
• Uses personal recovery experiences to facilitate patient's engagement and address barriers in establishing and maintaining recovery.
• Facilitates patient's readiness for change and uses motivational interviewing techniques and other communication skills to support and encourage the patient to plan for reduction or elimination of drug and alcohol use. Models coping techniques and self-help strategies.
• Assists patients in setting personal recovery goals and developing recovery care plans.
• Engage with the inpatient behavioral health treatment team to provide patients with access and care transitions to outpatient and inpatient addiction treatment and recovery services on the continuum of care.
• Provides family and social support network members with education and recovery support materials.
• Every patient or contact interaction is documented in the Electronic Medical Record.

Qualifications for CPRS include:
• Bachelor's degree in psychology, social work, or related field preferred or equivalent experience
• High School Diploma or GED
• The incumbent should have a minimum of two years of professional experience in a mental setting and/or substance use disorder setting providing peer support/navigation
• The candidate must be actively engaged in his/her own recovery with a minimum of three years demonstrated personal recovery experience from alcohol and/or drug use
• Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) in the state of Maryland
• Successful completion of CPR Certification and successful completion of CPI prior to assisting with a restraining procedure and within 30 days of employment. May be required to work flexible hours to include evenings and holidays
• Active Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association required

Qualifications for Peer Recovery Coach include:
• High school diploma or G.E.D
• The candidate must be actively engaged in his/her own recovery with a minimum of three years demonstrated personal recovery experience from alcohol and/or drug use
• Active Basic Life Support (BLS) certification through the American Heart Association required

Work Schedule:

Shift: 3-12hr shifts per week, days and hours TBD.Position may entail going into the community to support patient.

#GR8Mental & Behavioral Health

At Adventist HealthCare our job is to care for you.

We do this by offering:
  • Work life balance through nonrotating shifts
  • Recognition and rewards for professional expertise
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Free Employee parking
  • Benefits Eligible Positions:
    • Competitive, comprehensive benefit plans [including health, employer-paid disability and life insurance, PTO]
    • Employer retirement contribution and match after 1-year of eligible employment with 3 year vesting
    • Ancillary benefits such as flexible spending, legal and pet insurance to meet the needs of employees and their eligible family members
    • Subsidized childcare at participating childcare centers

As a faith-based organization, with over a century of caring for the communities in the Maryland area, Adventist HealthCare has earned a reputation for high-quality, compassionate care. Adventist HealthCare was the first and is the largest healthcare provider in Montgomery County.

If you want to make a difference in someone's life every day, consider a position with a team of professionals who are doing just that, making a difference.

Join the Adventist HealthCare team today, apply now to be considered!

COVID-19 Vaccination

Adventist HealthCare requires all applicants to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 before commencing employment. Applicants may be required to furnish proof of vaccination and, if needed, may elect to be vaccinated at any community pharmacy or location offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

Tobacco and Drug Statement

Tobacco use is a well-recognized preventable cause of death in the United States and an important public health issue. In order to promote and maintain a healthy work environment, Adventist HealthCare will not hire applicants for employment who either state that they are nicotine users or who test positive for nicotine and drug use.

While some jurisdictions, including Maryland, permit the use of marijuana for medical purposes, marijuana continues to be classified as an illegal drug under the federal Controlled Substances Act. As a result, medical marijuana use will not be accepted as a valid explanation for a positive drug test result.

Adventist HealthCare will withdraw offers of employment to applicants who test positive for Cotinine (nicotine) and marijuana. Those testing positive are given the opportunity to re-apply in 90 days, if they can truthfully attest that they have not used any nicotine products in the past ninety (90) days and successfully pass follow-up testing. ("Nicotine products" include, but are not limited to: cigarettes, cigars, pipes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vaping products, hookah, and nicotine replacement products (e.g., nicotine gum, nicotine patches, nicotine lozenges, etc.).

Equal Employment Opportunity
Adventist HealthCare is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We are committed to attracting, engaging, and developing the best people to cultivate our mission-centric culture. Our goal is to have a welcoming, equitable, and safe place to work and grow for all employees, no matter their background. AHC does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy and related medical conditions, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Adventist HealthCare will make reasonable accommodations for applicants with disabilities, in accordance with applicable law. Adventist HealthCare is a religious organization as defined under applicable law; however, it will endeavor to provide reasonable accommodations for applicants' religious beliefs.

Applicants who wish to request accommodations for disabilities or religious belief should contact the Support Center HR Office.


We are a faith-based healthcare organization, based in Montgomery County, Maryland. We are the largest employer in Montgomery County with over 6,000 employees! Our comprehensive approach to caring for our community includes three acute-care hospitals – Shady Grove Medical Center, White Oak Medical Center and Fort Washington Medical Center – as well as two Physical Rehabilitation hospitals, Outpatient centers, Imaging Centers, Urgent Cares, Home Care Services, Employer Health Programs and Physician Networks. We are nationally recognized and honored especially for our Cardiac, OB, Cancer, Stroke, Orthopedic, Rehabilitation and Mental Health services. Our mission is to extend God's care through the ministry of physical, mental and spiritual healing. At its core, our mission expresses who we are, why we exist and the purpose behind what we do. These words are reflective of God’s character as outlined in the Bible and honor the Seventh-day Adventist Church’s long-standing commitment to healing. You will also find that many of the beliefs and standards of conduct at AHC are universal beliefs that are recognized across many faith traditions.

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820 West Diamond Avenue
Suite 600

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