Peer Recovery Specialist

Recovery Services · Minneapolis, Minnesota
Department Recovery Services
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-level

Peer Recovery Specialist


WEEKDAYS | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.



The Peer Recovery Specialist position exists to be an active member of the Recovery Services team at the Indian Health Board and provides peer support services to clients involved with IHB’s Recovery Services (RS) and Counseling & Support (C&S) Programming.  The Peer Recovery Specialist will function as a role model to clients; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as an advocate, providing information and peer support for clients in IHB’s Recovery Services Program.  The Peer Recovery Specialist performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers of all ages, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own personal recovery process.  IHB’s Recovery Services Program will provide peer recovery support services provided on a one-to-one and group basis.  Peer support services include:

Education, mentoring through self-disclosure of personal recovery experiences, attending recovery and other support groups with a client, accompanying the client to appointments that support recovery, assistance accessing resources to obtain housing, employment, education & advocacy services, building social skills in the community and non-clinical recovery support to assist the transition into the recovery community. 



The Peer Recovery Specialist utilizing goal setting process, will:

• Teach and role model the value of every individual’s recovery experience.   

• Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery to support clients in identifying and creating goals and developing their own individual wellness and recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.

• Assist clients in attending and sustaining attendance with self-help groups, in terms of locating and joining existing groups and investigating names of staff, community resources and groups that may be useful for their recovery.

• Use ongoing individual and group sessions to teach clients how to identify and combat negative self-talk, identify coping techniques & self-help strategies, utilize and teach problem solving techniques, developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. 

• Documentation on the client’s treatment / recovery plan

• Receive ongoing supervision in areas specific to the domains of the Peer Recovery Specialist’s role by Recovery Services Clinical Supervisor. 



• Have a high school diploma or its equivalent;

• Have a minimum of one year in full and sustained recovery from substance use disorder;

• Hold a current credential from a certification body approved by the commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Human services (Commissioner approved accreditation entities are Association of Recovery Community Organizations (ARCO) and Council on Accreditation of Peer Recovery Support Services) that demonstrates skills and training.



The work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities; recurring lifting of children up and in excess of 50 pounds.  The work may require specific, but common, physical characteristics and abilities such as above-average agility and dexterity.  The work environment involves high risks with exposure to potentially dangerous situations requiring a range of safety and other precautions.


Indian Health Board of Minneapolis is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.


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  • Location
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • Department
    Recovery Services
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience