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Recovery Support Specialist

  • Job Tracking ID: 512588-789020
  • Job Location: Morris, IL
  • Job Level: Mid Career (2+ years)
  • Level of Education: BA/BS
  • Job Type: Full-Time/Regular
  • Date Updated: November 15, 2021
  • Years of Experience: Up to 2 Years
  • Starting Date: ASAP



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Job Description:

Family Guidance Centers, Inc. (FGC), a not-for-profit behavioral healthcare organization, treats and prevents substance abuse, as well as an array of other related problems. Since 1969, FGC's comprehensive programming has educated and guided individuals toward their full potential as productive members within their own families and our society.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Recovery Support Specialist:

  • Engage patients in treatment through motivational interviewing and motivational enhancement techniques.
  • Develop individualized Recovery Plans with patients that emphasize relapse prevention strategies and use of natural supports in patient’s community.
  • Assist with monitoring patient engagement and communicate with the treatment team regarding patient attendance, participation and any barriers or needs to support treatment involvement.
  • Conduct recovery coaching groups providing recovery and relapse prevention education and support.
  • Conduct individual recovery support sessions to assist patients in following and strengthening ongoing relapse prevention plans.
  • Provide education both in group and individual settings on the appropriate use of medication assisted treatment (e.g. methadone, Vivitrol).
  • Provide employment coaching in individual and group settings to assist patients in; identifying employment experiences and skills, identifying appropriate potential places of employment or appropriate job training services, developing patient employment resumes, completing employment applications, preparing for job interviews, and strategies for successful adjustment to new employment.
  • Provide spiritual support groups that assist patients in identifying meaning in recovery and reasons for hope, strengthening a spiritual component to the recovery process that aligns with the patient’s values and beliefs and that incorporates individual spirituality as well as spiritual support within the patient’s community.
  • As appropriate, collaborate with patients to engage family members or other significant support people in the recovery process including probation officers, DCFS workers, 12 step sponsors, other healthcare providers etc.
  • Document services provided in the individual patient record in a timely fashion and in accordance with SUPR, Federal, and FGC standards.
  • Consult with care coordinators and the treatment team regarding patient needs for support related to housing, medical, dental, transportation, childcare, mental health or other needs
  • Maintain confidentiality of patient information in accordance with HIPAA and 42 
  • Demonstrate professionalism in working with patients, staff and other outside professionals or collaterals.
  • Assist in coordinating transitions for aftercare and discharge planning and conduct alumni/aftercare group session for patients who have completed treatment to assist in ongoing maintenance of sobriety.
  • Supervision and Professional Development: Participate in supervision with assigned supervisor as well as appropriate continuing education activities related to care management and maintenance of relevant certification or licensure.
  • Direct Service and Documentation: Minimum of 50% of worktime is to be spent in provision of billable service with timely documentation according to FGC and applicable state and federal guidelines.



Schedule: Monday thru Friday 8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Number of Openings: 1

Start Date: ASAP

Family Guidance Centers, Inc is a Drug Free Environment, an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Experience and Skills:

Education and Experience: Minimum bachelor’s degree in psychology, social work or related field with relevant social service field internship or some related experience. Understanding of substance use disorders, mental disorders, and importance of well- coordinated care required. Basic knowledge of the local care service delivery system and skills in motivating patient behavior and coordinating direct care linkage required. Two years of experience working with substance use and/or mental health preferred.

Certificates, Licenses and Registrations: CADC preferred. Master’s Degree and license eligible also preferred but not required.