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Peer Recovery Mentor

The Institute for Health and Recovery (IHR) is a statewide service, research, policy, program development and capacity building agency. IHR designs its services based on an understanding of the impact of trauma. IHR’s CARF accredited treatment programs provide holistic interventions for hard to reach and high-risk individuals and families. IHR’s mission, since our founding in 1989, has been to develop and support a comprehensive continuum of care for families, individuals, youth, and pregnant and parenting women affected by alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use, violence/trauma, mental health challenges and other health issues, while advancing principles of health equity and social justice. Our work is focused on addressing and eradicating inequities in our health care, economic, and justice systems, especially as they disproportionately affect women and people of color. We are committed to providing services and creating communities that mitigate the effects of substance use, mental illness, and trauma.

Summary Statement

The Peer Recovery Mentor will support Project Promise, an innovative substance use day treatment program, and IHR’s mission to develop a comprehensive continuum of care for pregnant and parenting women. The Peer Recovery Mom will work closely with an interdisciplinary team on all family activities.

This is full-time 40 hours/week position. Due to safety concerns related to COVID-19, Project Promise services are currently fully remote. Due to pandemic, this and all IHR positions are remote and will transition to in person work at some point. We anticipate that the position will provide services in person once it is safe to do so.

Reports to

Program Coordinator, Project Promise

Essential Functions

  • Provide peer-assisted support mentoring and coaching to pregnant and parenting women affected by substance use in programmatic, home and community settings.
  • Collaborate with team members on an ongoing basis to discuss and coordinate client care and treatment.
  • Support project participants in developing a recovery plan and assist them in reaching their goals and objectives, identifying a recovery support network.
  • Work with community partners and collaborating hospitals to identify pregnant and parenting women in need of SUD treatment.
  • Participate in all trainings and meetings required by BSAS, IHR and BMC.
  • Participate in BSAS Recovery Coach Academy and related trainings if not already certified as a Recovery Coach.
  • Participate in required trainings and become knowledgeable in relevant evidence-based practices, such as Seeking Safety, the Nurturing Program, and Trauma Informed Care.
  • Work closely with Promise team and with collateral contacts and treatment providers (i.e. Nurse Managers, MAT clinical staff, Probation officers, individual therapists and self-help sponsors) to coordinate and implement services.
  • Identify and link participating women to other recovery supports such as care management, transportation and childcare, etc.
  • Maintain timely records of all patient encounters in EHR system in accordance with state and federal confidentiality laws.
  • Ensure participants’ feedback related to service delivery improvements is reported to Project Coordinator and other project staff.
  • Participate in data collection and reporting as directed
  • 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
  • Understanding of Racial Equity Principles and Strategies
  • Customer Focus


  • Person with lived experience as a parent in long-term recovery
  • Training in peer recovery support role preferred
  • Experience with pregnant and parenting women affected by SUD
  • Knowledge of provider systems; experience working in a position of responsibility
  • Knowledge of medication assisted treatment
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English)/Bicultural candidates preferred
  • 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.

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

Peer Recovery Mentor
40 hours
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