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University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Position Number: 5318169
  • Location: Aurora, CO
  • Position Type: Health - Communication Disorders
Peer Recovery Specialist - 33880 University Staff

Description
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine | Department of Psychiatry | Addiction Research & Treatment Services (ARTS) | Inspiration for Men

Job Title: Peer Recovery Specialist (I – II)

Position: #00670362 – Requisition: # 33880

Sign-on bonus available for external candidates.

Job Summary:

Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) is the clinical program of the Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. ARTS has provided residential and outpatient empirically supported substance abuse treatment services in Colorado for over 45 years, with an emphasis on psychosocial and pharmacological treatments for adolescents, women, men, families, and those involved in the criminal justice system. It is the mission of ARTS to improve the quality of life and productivity of individuals and families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders through the application of scientifically supported prevention, education, and treatment services.

The ARTS Inspiration for Men program provides residential treatment services to men. Inspiration for Men is a Medicaid funded program and provides up to 90-day residential stays for men suffering from severe substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders. The program provides drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment, psychiatric services, and medication management.

The Peer Recovery Specialist supports the intake and admissions department as well as supports the case manager team in providing peer support for adult males residing in the Inspiration for Men program. This is a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position that provides activities to engage, educate, and offer support to clients struggling to enroll in treatment and follow through with intake appointments. The Peer Recovery Specialist also assists clients with attending appointments in the community once admitted, provides positive support to clients in residence, and provides support and resources to clients who are transitioning to aftercare programming. This position is responsible for conducting outreach activities, assisting with following up on intake inquiries, keeping clients engaged while awaiting a treatment bed, providing support services and coordination to recovery support services, and traveling to various referral sites such as hospitals, DHS offices, various community locations to meet clients, and perform other duties as assigned or required.



Working days will range between Sunday through Saturday. This position may be required to work extended hours (for clinic coverage or assisting getting clients into treatment), or weekends.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide support to patients in residential treatment by engaging them in activities and education.
  • Offer support to patients struggling to enroll in treatment and follow through with intake appointments.
  • Assist client with attending appointments in the community once admitted.
  • Assist clients with making community linkages as they transition into the community.
  • Assist with coordination to recover support services, including traveling to various referral sites such as hospitals, DHS office, various community locations to meet clients.
  • Leverage their own lived experience with, and recovery with support from, SUD to encourage and support individuals who may be reluctant or hesitant to enter treatment.
  • Be responsive to, and affirmative of, the individualized and differing needs of each patient under their care.

Work Location:

Onsite – this role is expected to work onsite and is located at the Ft. Logan Grounds, Denver, CO.

Why Join Us:

Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) is the clinical program of the Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. ARTS has provided residential and outpatient empirically supported substance abuse treatment services in Colorado for over 45 years, with an emphasis on psychosocial and pharmacological treatments for adolescents, women, men, families, and those involved in the criminal justice system. It is the mission of ARTS to improve the quality of life and productivity of individuals and families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders through the application of scientifically supported prevention, education, and treatment services.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5318169&targetURL=The Peer Recovery Specialist supports the intake and admissions department as well as supports the case manager team in providing peer support for adult males residing in the Inspiration for Men program. This is a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position that provides activities to engage, educate, and offer support to clients struggling to enroll in treatment and follow through with intake appointments. The Peer Recovery Specialist also assists clients with attending appointments in the community once admitted, provides positive support to clients in residence, and provides support and resources to clients who are transitioning to aftercare programming. This position is responsible for conducting outreach activities, assisting with following up on intake inquiries, keeping clients engaged while awaiting a treatment bed, providing support services and coordination to recovery support services, and traveling to various referral sites such as hospitals, DHS offices, various community locations to meet clients, and perform other duties as assigned or required.



Working days will range between Sunday through Saturday. This position may be required to work extended hours (for clinic coverage or assisting getting clients into treatment), or weekends.

Key Responsibilities:
  • Provide support to patients in residential treatment by engaging them in activities and education.
  • Offer support to patients struggling to enroll in treatment and follow through with intake appointments.
  • Assist client with attending appointments in the community once admitted.
  • Assist clients with making community linkages as they transition into the community.
  • Assist with coordination to recover support services, including traveling to various referral sites such as hospitals, DHS office, various community locations to meet clients.
  • Leverage their own lived experience with, and recovery with support from, SUD to encourage and support individuals who may be reluctant or hesitant to enter treatment.
  • Be responsive to, and affirmative of, the individualized and differing needs of each patient under their care.

Work Location:

Onsite – this role is expected to work onsite and is located at the Ft. Logan Grounds, Denver, CO.

Why Join Us:

Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) is the clinical program of the Division of Substance Dependence, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. ARTS has provided residential and outpatient empirically supported substance abuse treatment services in Colorado for over 45 years, with an emphasis on psychosocial and pharmacological treatments for adolescents, women, men, families, and those involved in the criminal justice system. It is the mission of ARTS to improve the quality of life and productivity of individuals and families affected by substance use and co-occurring mental health disorders through the application of scientifically supported prevention, education, and treatment services.

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits-wellness.

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty, and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications:

Level I:
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • Minimum two (2) years of sobriety with existing sober support from SUD or addictions recovery.

Level II:
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED).
  • One (1) year of experience working closely with patients and connecting them to resources, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
    • The required work experience may be substituted with successfully completed college or university courses that are appropriate to this position's work assignment on a year-for-year basis.
  • Minimum two (2) years of sobriety with existing sober support from SUD or addictions recovery.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Certification as a Peer Specialist (for example, Colorado Peer and Family Specialist/CPFS).
  • Current, valid registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as Certified Addiction Technician (CAT) license or higher.
  • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Prior experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.
  • Experience providing support to individuals with substance use disorders.
  • Experience working with electronic health records.
  • Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources.
  • Experience providing administrative support to clients, families, staff, and other stakeholders in a substance abuse treatment setting.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Applicants MUST have lived experience with SUD or addictions, and recovery with existing sobriety supports.
  • The employee must successfully complete the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy training within 6-12 months of hire date (training costs will be borne by employer).
  • The employee must obtain the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification within 6 months of hire date (certification fee will be borne by employer)
  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check prior to being hired. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, and/or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to engage successfully with substance use disordered clients in treatment.
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Ability to use an electronic health care record.
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets.
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships, and critical thinking.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.

How to Apply:

For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
  1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
  3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address.

Questions should be directed to: Irene Arguelles https://apptrkr.com/get_redirect.php?id=5318169&targetURL=Certification as a Peer Specialist (for example, Colorado Peer and Family Specialist/CPFS).
  • Current, valid registration with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA) as Certified Addiction Technician (CAT) license or higher.
  • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques.
  • Prior experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.
  • Experience providing support to individuals with substance use disorders.
  • Experience working with electronic health records.
  • Experience working with clients who are involved with the criminal justice system, probation/parole, human services, and/or other similar referral sources.
  • Experience providing administrative support to clients, families, staff, and other stakeholders in a substance abuse treatment setting.

  • Conditions of Employment:
    • Applicants MUST have lived experience with SUD or addictions, and recovery with existing sobriety supports.
    • The employee must successfully complete the CCAR Recovery Coach Academy training within 6-12 months of hire date (training costs will be borne by employer).
    • The employee must obtain the Colorado Peer and Family Specialist (CPFS) certification within 6 months of hire date (certification fee will be borne by employer)
    • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check prior to being hired. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails), and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
    • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, and/or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
    • Excellent communications and interpersonal skills.
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
    • Ability to engage successfully with substance use disordered clients in treatment.
    • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines.
    • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.
    • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.
    • Ability to use an electronic health care record.
    • Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets.
    • Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.
    • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships, and critical thinking.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.

    How to Apply:

    For full consideration, please submit the following document(s):
    1. A letter of interest describing relevant job experiences as they relate to listed job qualifications and interest in the position.
    2. Curriculum vitae / Resume
    3. Three to five professional references, including name, address, phone number (mobile number if appropriate), and email address.

    Questions should be directed to: Irene Arguelles Irene.Arguelles@cuanschutz.edu

    Screening of Applications Begins:

    Immediately and continues until position is filled. For best consideration, apply by June 20th, 2024.



    Anticipated Pay Range:



    The starting salary range (or hiring range) for this position has been established as:

    Level I: $40,908 – $47,455.20

    Level II: $42,948 – $49,826.40

    External candidates may be eligible for a one-time, non-base building sign-on bonus up to $1,000. Details of this recruitment incentive program will be provided during the interview process.

    The above salary range (or hiring range) represents the University's good faith and reasonable estimate of the range of possible compensation at the time of posting. This position may be eligible for overtime compensation, depending on the level.

    External candidates maybe eligible for a one time sign on bonus of $1,000.

    Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.

    Total Compensation Calculator: http://www.cu.edu/node/153125

    ADA Statement:

    The University will provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at hr.adacoordinator@cuanschutz.edu​.

    Background Check Statement:

    The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students, and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

    Vaccination Statement:

    CU Anschutz strongly encourages vaccination against the COVID-19 virus and other vaccine preventable diseases. If you work, visit, or volunteer in healthcare facilities or clinics operated by our affiliated hospital or clinical partners or by CU Anschutz, you will be required to comply with the vaccination and medical surveillance policies of the facilities or clinics where you work, visit, or volunteer, respectively. In addition, if you work in certain research areas or perform certain safety sensitive job duties, you must enroll in the occupational health medical surveillance program.
    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

    Job Category: Health Care

    Primary Location: Aurora Department: U0001 -- Anschutz Med Campus or Denver - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

    Schedule: Full-time

    Posting Date: Jun 10, 2024

    Unposting Date: Ongoing Posting Contact Name: Irene Arguelles Posting Contact Email: Irene.Arguelles@cuanschutz.edu Position Number: 00670362






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