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Sanford Health Peer Recovery Specialist - Program for Addiction Recovery in Bemidji, Minnesota

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Facility: Bemidji 1705 Clinic
Location: Bemidji, MN
Address: 1705 Anne St NW, Bemidji, MN 56601, USA
Shift: 8 Hours - Day Shifts
Job Schedule: Full time
Weekly Hours: 40.00
Starting Rate: $15.00/hour and up (with creditable experience)

Department Details

Program for Addiction recovery is focused on excellent client care, providing services in an individualized manner. We focus on integrative care and a strengths based perspective of treatment.

Job Summary

Peer Recovery Specialists help clients with their substance use or mental health disorder in a strengths based, client-centered team approach to recovery. The Peer Recovery Specialist is a non-clinical role that works collaboratively with substance use counselors, behavioral health counseling staff and others to provide support for the client and assist them with optimal engagement both in treatment and within the community. The role of a Recovery Specialist can be viewed on a continuum of services and falls between a treatment coordinator and a community mentor. A Recovery coach will be an advocate, motivator, connector and role model for clients. They need to have their own lived experience in addiction and maintain healthy personal boundaries while serving in this role.

Peer Recovery Specialists work as an integral member of the health care team to ensure safety, best practice, and high quality standards of care are maintained across the continuum. Provide recovery support to individuals who can benefit from the peer's lived experiences.

Responsible for coordinating a wide range of recovery and self-management support for the clinic's patient population who are dealing with addictions. Assists patients as they go through the diagnosis, treatment, and recovery process. Provides recovery support in form of telephone calls or in-person recovery coaching sessions. Seeks regular progress updates with patients. Assists patients with support and connection to other essential social services that exist in the community. Peers support individuals in identifying and articulating personal goals and objectives necessary for recovery and wellness. Advocates for the patient in the care system or in other appropriate settings and systems. Demonstrates HIPAA compliance.

Articulates the recovery process for patients and assists patients through a self-directed plan. Has insight to the appropriate times to share personal story. Relays the meaning and role of peer support. Identifies the difference between counseling and peer support. Differentiates between treatment and recovery goals. Maintains a working knowledge of the current trends and development in the addiction recovery and peer support field.

Demonstrates ability to nurture healing relationships and healthy choices for one's own health, recovery, and wellness. Utilizes principles of cultural mindfulness. Adheres to own recovery program and demonstrates healthy choices for one's own health, recovery, and wellness.


Must be at least 21 years of age and have a previous history of substance use, and be a current or former consumer of mental health services. Must be willing to share personal experience. Must have high school diploma, GED, or equivalent. Must demonstrate leadership and advocacy skills.

Must have completed, or be willing to complete certified peer recovery specialist (CRPS) (Includes 46 hours of training, passing score on IRCR Recovery Coach test).

Minnesota: Preferred successful completion of the Minnesota Department of Human Services approved Certified Peer Specialist training. Once approved as a Certified Peer Specialist, must maintain certification. May also require successful completion of Sanford Clinic Navigation Certification, depending on setting. Preference of possessing a valid class D driver's license and auto insurance. Must maintain a good driving record. Preference of hire having access to personal vehicle and willingness to use the vehicle in carrying out position responsibilities. Basic Life Support (BLS) training and certification within six months of hire.


Sanford Health offers an attractive benefits package for qualifying full-time and part-time employees. Depending on eligibility, a variety of benefits include health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan, work/life balance benefits, sick leave and paid time off. To review your benefit eligibility, visit .

Sanford is an EEO/AA Employer M/F/Disability/Vet. If you are an individual with a disability and would like to request an accommodation for help with your online application, please call 1-877-673-0854 or send an email to .

Sanford Health has a Drug Free Workplace Policy. An accepted offer will require a drug screen and pre-employment background screening as a condition of employment.

Job Function: Behavioral Health and Dependency
Req Number: R-63891
Featured: No