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Peer Recovery Specialist

The Institute for Health & Recovery is a nationally-renowned, award-winning agency that specializes in innovative services, training and evaluation focused on addressing the unique needs of underserved families, women and youth. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. Our mission is to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for individuals, youth, and families affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges, and other health issues.

Summary Statement

The Peer Recovery Specialist for Family Recovery Project Central will support IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for women, families, individuals, children and youth, pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues. The Peer Recovery Specialist will provide Peer Support services to parents involved with Family Recovery Project Central in Worcester, Mass.

Reports to

Director of Family and Children’s Services

Essential Functions

  • Provide peer-assisted support, care and coaching to families in home and community settings, and at Everyday Miracles, Worcester’s Peer Recovery Center
  • Support families enrolled in project through assisting with making connections to community services, attending AA/NA meetings
  • Support families in developing and maintaining recovery support plans, and in identifying goals for attaining and maintaining recovery, including identifying a recovery support network
  • Support staff of identified programs on working with pregnant women and families affected by trauma and substance use disorders
  • Work with Worcester’s Peer Recovery Center, Everyday Miracles (EDM) to better connect DCF involved families to this and other community resources
  • Collaborate with DPH/BSAS and DCF on implementation of Plans of Safe Care
  • With Child Family Clinician, co-lead psycho-educational groups
  • With Child Family Clinician, offer psycho-education and technical assistance to identified Peer Recovery Center and other programs in region as needed
  • Collect feedback from participating families related to satisfaction and service delivery improvement
  • Attend bi-weekly clinical meetings, quarterly full project meetings, bi-monthly Family Recovery Council meetings, as well as other IHR and community meetings as required
  • Communicate with IHR’s main office in Cambridge through use of shared online calendars, sign in – out board, time sheets, and check in/out with supervisor
  • Attend team and agency staff meetings
  • Regular attendance and punctuality is required
  • Other related duties


  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Development and Continual Learning
  • Adaptability and Flexibility
  • Valuing Diversity
  • Customer Focus


  • Experience working with pregnant and parenting women and families affected by substance use disorders strongly preferred
  • Lived experience in recovery, and evidence of recovery capital
  • Knowledge of Peer Recovery Centers, agencies and services a plus
  • Knowledge of medication assisted treatment; training in peer recovery support role preferred
  • Skills in Motivational Interviewing, and in strengths-based, trauma-informed service delivery
  • Ability to work effectively with individuals and families from diverse cultural groups
  • Willing to have a flexible schedule to meet the needs of project participants
  • Willing and able to travel to designated locations

Other Requirements (if applicable)

  • Valid driver’s license, good driving record, and regular access to a reliable vehicle;
  • Business Class Rider on Motor Vehicle Insurance, if transporting clients (within one month of start of job)

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to sit: stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. This position requires the ability to occasionally products and supplies weighing up to 10 pounds.

Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified individuals with a disability.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.

IHR offers a rewarding work environment with competitive salary, generous benefits and a strong commitment to diversity. IHR is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, seeking to create and welcoming a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

Peer Recovery Specialist
40 hours
Worcester, Mass.
Position Closed