Recovery Support Specialist Addictions Receiving

Location: Tampa FL  

Characteristics of Position:

All employees are expected to effectively support the agency's mission to provide consumer-centered care to those with substance disorders or with co-occurring substance and psychiatric disorders.  Employees are expected to engage consumers in continuing care and treatment by using interventions which are diagnosis-specific, and communicate empathically with clients regarding addiction, mental illness, medications and recovery. Promotes client's self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery; facilitates and teaches clients role recovery elements

Core Competencies

  • Communications- Communicate with supervisor and established chain of command regarding daily operations and/or incidents; document all required information in a clear, legible, timely, concise and accurate manner.
  • Relationship -Respects authority; models direct and clear communications with peers, clients and subordinates; culturally aware and respectful of differences.
  • Administrative -Precisely documents events and transactions specific to job duties in approved Agency formats; understands and adheres to administration and program operating procedures.
  • Technical -Utilizes Agency communication devices and information technology as a business tool; proficient, as required, in the use of Outlook, DATIS, Train Caster, KIS and related IT systems and  software applications.
  • Business Acumen -Adheres to agency policies.
  • Professional -Behaves ethically;presents a professional image in appearance, communications and demeanor; adheres to Agency scheduling Policy;follows activity schedules; committed to personal professional development
  • Analytical -Establish a helping relationship with administrative and program management.
  • Leadership -Seek to participate in effective approaches and training to enhance job skills; seek opportunities to mentor new staff; ability to recognize unsafe behaviors, situations, environments; acts to maintain the safety and well-being of persons receiving services, staff and community members.

Pre-requisite Requirements:

  • High school and three years of direct service experience in a substance abuse or mental health treatment or recovery setting.  Personal recovery experience will be considered on a year for year basis for up to two years of the required experience. A Bachelor's degree in a health or human services field may substitute for two years of the experience and an Associates degree may substitute one year of experience.
  • Certified Recovery Support Specialist Certificate
  • Must possess competencies specific to the service/s provided.  Competencies may include life experience, training, certification, education or other background in the service area.
  • All ACTS, Inc. employees must be able and willing to work when expected to accommodate program and/or agency needs, participate in the agency's Quality Improvement Program and attend all assigned/required trainings, practice on-the-job safety at all times, and demonstrate the ability to communicate and work with others and be respectful of peers, supervisors, clients, guests, etc. If required by contract or administrative rule, must fully participate in NAPPI (crisis intervention) training and able to apply same to work setting.

Physical /Safety/Health Considerations:  Standard office environment and meeting rooms

Quality of Work Expected:  Level commensurate with satisfactory Peer Support Specialist performance

Quantity of Work ExpectedCommensurate with level necessary to fully meet obligations

Scope of Responsibilities:Conduct psycho-educational groups, promote consumer empowerment, assist with admission and consumer access to entitlements and other resources.

SupervisionWork is performed under the supervision of a Program Administrator, Director or Supervisor. This position does not provide supervision to others.

Core Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

  • Adheres to agency designated model for treating persons with substance and/or co-occurring mental disorders;promotes consumer's self-determination, personal responsibility and empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery; facilitates and teaches clients role recovery elements such as engagement in the recovery process, developing readiness for work or meaningful life activities, choosing valued roles and achieving these roles in the community
  • Conducts psycho-educational groups; assists consumer in peer group support to facilitate problem solving, communication skills development and personal growth; support in achieving recovery goals as reflected in the consumer's screening, assessment, treatment plan or discharge summary.
  • Provides services within area/s of competency, i.e. life experience, training, certification, education or other background in the service area; seeks direction from Program Director/Administrator when clients' needs fall outside area/s of competency and maintains up-to-date knowledge and written materials of community resources and recovery philosophy.
  • Performs related work as required / assigned.


The omission of specific statements does not preclude management from assigning specific duties not listed herein if such duties are a logical assignment to position.

ACTS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status.