Peer Recovery Specialist for Intake

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University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus

School of Medicine - Dept of Psych - ARTS

Peer Education Specialist - Intake

Position #708330 / Posting #12504

This class describes technical health care work. Positions in this series provide support in delivering psychiatric, developmentally disabled, special education, or nursing care and therapeutic treatment to an assigned client population. Duties include supervising clients in a variety of settings; observing and reporting client behavior, physical condition, reactions to medications; participating as a team member in group therapy sessions; performing preventative and practical nursing procedures, such as taking and recording client's vital signs; teaching basic living skills, hygiene, and social skills and explaining various routines and expectations; providing immediate crisis intervention when required; and maintaining a safe, therapeutic environment. Those positions with required licensure may administer prescribed treatments and medications under the supervision of a registered nurse. Some positions may work in security settings where the positions follow policies and procedures to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

The University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus seeks a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) Peer Recovery Specialist to support the Intake and Clinical departments within the Addiction Research and Treatment Services (ARTS) Adult Outpatient Program (AOP), with clinic locations in Denver, Aurora and Arvada.

The ARTS Adult Outpatient Program is within the School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. ARTS Adult Outpatient clinics provide drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial and pharmacological treatment for adults. Programs in various clinic locations include traditional outpatient, intensive outpatient and may contain specialty services for clients referred by the criminal justice system, county departments of human services, and services for pregnant women, individuals who are HIV-positive and gender responsive services.

This position will support intake activities relating to drug and alcohol assessment, psychosocial, and pharmacological treatment for adult substance abuse clients at three ARTS clinic locations:

  • ARTS Westside Center for Change, 6303 Wadsworth Bypass, Arvada, Colorado 80003
  • ARTS Potomac Street Center, 1330 South Potomac Street, Unit 104A, Aurora, Colorado 80012
  • ARTS Parkside Clinic, 1620 Gaylord Street, Denver, Colorado 80206

The Peer Recovery Specialist provides supportive services designed to engage, educate, and link patients to care. These services may include family members, and caregivers with the intention to increase clinically appropriate treatment. This position is responsible for providing initial peer-related support and administrative assistance to patients who are beginning treatment in the ARTS Adult Outpatient Program, assist in the completion of the patient's intake process, increasing motivation for treatment for new patients, provide ongoing support for the AOP Intake Department, and perform other duties as assigned or required. Early outreach services is a crucial component of this position, as initial and ongoing communication with patients is effective in retention in care. Standard working hours are Monday through Friday, 6:00 AM to 2:30 PM., and this position may be required to work on some Saturdays/Sundays (for events, clinic coverage, etc.) and not to exceed a 40-hour workweek.

This position is a full-time, University Staff (non-classified) position supported by State of Colorado grant funds. As such, funding levels will be reviewed on a periodic basis, and the position's status may be affected over time by any applicable variations in the grant and/or funding amounts.

Job Responsibilities:

Primary job responsibilities
  • Under general supervision, implement peer-led interventions to improve outcomes for patients in Medication Assisted Therapy.
  • Provide peer-related support and administrative assistance to clients at initial entry to treatment.
  • Efficiently manage time among three ARTS clinics and complete duties as assigned.
  • Navigate/orienteer new patients as they come into treatment.
  • Conduct structured, peer-led intervention that focuses on client health education, care coordination, as well as identifying and reducing barriers to care for patients.
  • Coordinate and conduct peer recovery-related group sessions, including but not limited to, New Patient Orientation, MAT Orientation customized for peers, etc.
  • Conduct outreach activities (in person, on the phone) to encourage new patients to enter into substance use disorder treatment.
  • Increase new patients' motivation for entering into treatment and/or staying in treatment.
  • Provide ongoing support to the Adult Outpatient Program Intake Department.
  • Provide referrals to patients for necessary, appropriate resources.
  • Implement standardized intervention, track patients for engagement, and connect patients to appropriate treatment and care.
  • Collaborate with supervisor and staff, and coordinate efforts to ensure successful delivery of services.
  • Attend and participate in trainings, team/staff meetings, and other events as needed.
  • Attend off-work hour events with patients as needed.
  • Identify any problems, challenges, or obstacles in coordination of services, identify potential solutions, and resolve such problems, challenges or obstacles in a timely manner.
  • Ensure completion of assigned duties and responsibilities for effective and appropriate benefit of patients.
  • Ensure confidentiality of patient health information and/or health records.

  • Continuously maintain accurate and up-to-date records and/or notes as required by agency policy.
  • Use electronic health record systems to ensure timely documentation, recording and tracking of communications, interventions, and patient data.
  • Schedule and maintain multiple, internal and external appointments.
  • Enter data into, and maintain, accurate records of activities.
  • Gather, analyze and report patient statistical data.
  • Order, maintain, and accurately track expenditures of office and medical supplies.
  • Manage confidential patient information and health records.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned, including but not limited to: data entry, data tracking, and data analysis/reporting.
  • Document intervention activities in an accurate and timely manner, and seek consultation from supervisor or other staff as necessary.

Customer Service
  • Provide in-person and telephone reception.
  • Provide excellent customer service to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Provide information on program services and respond courteously to queries.
  • Work comfortably among patients with or without substance abuse disorder, who are referred from city and county parole/probation departments, department of social services, and other relevant agencies.
  • Perform other duties as assigned or required.

Salary and Benefits:

The hiring salary for this position is $34,260 - $35,500 per annum and is commensurate with skills and experience. This position is eligible for overtime compensation.

PLEASE NOTE: Candidates will be responsible for travel expenses related to the interview process and any relocation expenses, if applicable.

The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver | 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. To ensure ARTS program integrity, prospective employees may be required to submit to pre-employment urine testing.

The University of Colorado Denver | 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 and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Required Qualifications:
  • Minimum of two years of sobriety, with existing supports for sobriety.
  • High school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED). (Attached a copy of your transcripts, diploma or certificate)

  • Successfully completed college or university course work that is appropriate to this position's work assignment, may substitute for the required work experience on a year-for-year basis.

Conditions of Employment:
  • Possess valid certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist, Peer Educator or Peer Specialist.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State of Colorado Driver's License, or obtain one within 30 days if and when the position is offered (this position will be required to go outside of the clinic to order and pick-up purchases/supplies for the work unit or clinic).
  • Must possess a working, reliable vehicle.
  • Must be willing and able to work Monday - Friday 6:00 am - 2:30 pm
  • Must be willing and able to work some weekends for events, clinic coverages, etc) and will not exceed a 40-hour workweek
  • Must agree to fingerprinting and criminal background check. Required background checks include a review with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) AND the Central Registry of Child Protection (Trails).
  • Subject to pre-employment, post-accident, incident, and/or reasonable suspicion drug and alcohol testing per UCD Addiction Research and Treatment Services Department Policies.

Preferred Qualifications:
  • One year of experience working closely with clients and connecting them to resources, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience.
  • Prior experience in Patient Navigation and connecting patients to required services or resources.
  • Prior experience in leading or facilitating Peer Recovery-related group sessions.
  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with an Associate's degree or higher in psychology, social work, counseling, human services, or another related field.
  • 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.
  • Experience managing financial paperwork including creating invoices, tracking expenditures, and gathering statistical data.
  • Experience working with electronic health records
  • Possesses a current and valid Certified Addiction Counselor (CAC) license and is registered with the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA)

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both in writing and orally.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees at all levels throughout the institution.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Ability to manage difficult behaviors.
  • Ability to engage successfully with substance dependent clients in treatment.
  • Ability to comply with established rules, policies and procedures and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to be open-minded and nonjudgmental.
  • Ability to develop healthy relationships and boundaries with clients.
  • Ability to exercise discretion and maintain patient confidentiality.
  • Ability to effectively and accurately check for typographical, grammatical and/or spelling errors in documents.
  • Experience of utilizing Microsoft Word to create documents, tables, mail merge, reports, etc.
  • Experience utilizing Microsoft Excel to create, revise, update and maintain spreadsheets and macro-enabled reports.
  • Experience using Microsoft Outlook to create, send and receive e-mail communication.
  • Experience with accurate and timely data entry.
  • Knowledge of Medication Assisted Therapy
  • Knowledge of basic care coordination for patients in a medical/hospital setting and related community resources.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain rapport, positive relationships and critical thinking.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience with motivational interviewing techniques. Experience working successfully with multiple tasks in a high-pressure environment.
  • Knowledge of basic therapeutic confrontation and structures.

Special Instructions to Applicants:*Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at * REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS: 1). A cover letter/letter of application which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 2) A current resume/CV. 3) List of 3-5 professional references. 4) Additional attachments: transcripts, diploma, or certifiate. Questions should be directed to Carlie Wagner at [email protected]

Reference checks are a standard step in our hiring process. You may be asked to provide contact information, including e-mail addresses, for up to 5 references if you are referred to the Hiring Authority for an interview. We will notify you prior to contacting both on and off-list references.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Job Category: Health Care

Primary Location: Denver

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 20280 - SOM-PSYCH-ARTS SP/G

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 30, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Carlie Wagner

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00708330





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 3/27/2018
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