Recovery Support Specialist (Community Based)

Location : Name Linked Houlton
Job Locations
US-ME-Houlton | US-ME-Caribou
Care Navigation
Regular Full-Time


Groups Recover Together was founded in 2014 to make treatment for opioid addiction respectful, accessible and affordable. We empower our members to regain control of their lives through a combination of community support, outpatient weekly group therapy and medication to manage withdrawal using buprenorphine and naltrexone. 


What differentiates Groups is the belief that long-term recovery from opioids is tied to aspects of life that are beyond the reach of traditional medical care. We approach fighting addiction as a team sport and provide each member with a care team that works together to ensure our members receive comprehensive, coordinated care. Our outpatient model is designed to fit into our member’s schedules so they can keep working and living a normal life.  As a result, our outcomes reflect the success of our model and the commitment of our members with 74% remaining in treatment after 6 months, 90% attending group therapy each week and 89% abstaining from illicit substances each week.


Groups has grown to become the national leader in value-based care for opioid use disorder that is proven to help our members beat addiction and get their lives back. 


At Groups, the Recovery Support Specialist works closely with newly admitted members to assist with transition from their intake to their home team, and with existing members to provide recovery support services. The Recovery Support Specialist is a vital part of the treatment team: they provide assistance with Social Determinants of Health, coordinate care internally and externally, help navigate entitlements, and support the member’s overall wellness during their recovery journey at Groups. The Recovery Support Specialist works with members who have complex social, medical, and mental health needs. This role reports to the Recovery Support Supervisor.


Essential Functions


Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.


  • Collaborate with a multidisciplinary care team, including participating in weekly interdisciplinary team meetings, to ensure the delivery of high quality, member-centered care,
  • Actively assist members in identifying goals, working towards their care plan goals through individual coaching, coping skill support, and treatment engagement support
  • Maintain open office hours at the Groups’ office location once per week
  • Assist members in person at the Groups’ office location, virtually, and in the community as needed
  • Accompany members to local services as needed: primary care and mental health appointments, recovery support meetings, recovery centers, etc. 
  • Become an expert on the available insurance, healthcare, and social service resources in the local community.  
  • Link members with resources and follow-up with members and resources alike to ensure that all member needs were met.
  • Advocate for our members, and serve as a link to community based services and the local recovery community by helping clients navigate local care and support systems
  • Participate in group therapy related to peer support, recovery, and community resources
  • Maintain timely and accurate documentation in electronic health record.  
  • Participate in ongoing continuing education as required to maintain certification or licensure.


Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Engage in community outreach activities and education, as necessary.  
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Fluency with office technology, including G-Suite, email, electronic medical records, and software and mobile apps (e.g., Google Apps)
  • Share the Groups’ values of member-centered care and harm-reduction practices.
  • Interest in participating in community based engagement with members.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to use motivational interviewing practices. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of substance use treatment programs, assessments, evaluations, observations and care plans. 
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and maintain appropriate professional and personal boundaries with internal staff, members, and with relevant community organizations.
  • Ability to maintain positive interactions with members and where appropriate professional and personal boundaries with internal staff, members, and with relevant community organizations.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to communicate complex information.
  • Ability to use discretion and work independently under general supervision.
  • Ability to work with diverse population of members and staff.
  • Ability to understand and adhere to Professional Code of Conduct.
  • Strong advocacy skills along with knowledge of community based services, resources, and local recovery community.


Qualifications and Requirements 


  • An associates degree in Social Services field required (or equivalent combination of education and experience); Bachelors degree preferred
  • Two years of experience with case management, care navigation, peer support or alike positions required. Experience with community based support preferred
  • Must meet pre-employment requirements and maintain all applicable state and job-related guidelines for background screening.  Depending on state-specific requirements, this may include fingerprinting, drug testing, health screening, CPR/Basic First Aid and license/credential verifications. 
  • For remote roles, access to reliable internet and telephone services, specifically 10M download and 5M upload package or higher as well as a strong WiFi signal from your remote work location.
  • COVID vaccine required for all employees who are hired to work in an on-site setting, or who will be working at any time directly with our member population.  An exemption may be requested due to medical or religious reasons.
  • You embody what Groups is all about: you care deeply about our mission; you are entrepreneurial, flexible and team-oriented; you have deep respect for the people we serve; you have unquestionable ethics.


Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodation can be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the described essential functions of the position which are reviewed on each individual case.

While performing the responsibilities of the role, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use his or her hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.

Limitations and Disclaimer

The above job description is meant to describe the general nature and level of work being performed; it is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required for the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Groups is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender dysphoria, national origin, age, religion, disability, military and veteran status, marital or parental status, citizenship status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision


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