• Peer Recovery Assistant (SHP)

    New Reach, Inc
    Job Description

    New Reach, Inc. is a nonprofit organization working to provide shelter and housing, stabilization, and support as well as community connections for children, families, and individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty across CT.  Since 1990, New Reach has worked to further its mission to inspire independence for those affected by homelessness and poverty through a continuum of housing and support using the most innovative and progressive methods.


    • Support the New Reach project team in their efforts to provide outstanding service to our clients
    • Provide face-to-face supportive services that enable a client to maintain a home/apartment
    • Assist clients in articulating personal goals for recovery through the use of one-on-one sessions. Support clients in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals
    • Encourage clients to use existing, natural supports and foster involvement in social and community activities
    • Teach clients services activities, including but not limited to; performing household tasks, provide instructive assistance, or prompt the client to carry out tasks (e.g. meal preparation, routine household chores, cleaning, laundry, shopping, bill paying, and participation in social and recreational activities)
    • May also provide instruction or encourage clients to dress appropriately and perform basic hygiene functions
    • Maintain strict confidentiality concerning any client's personal information, living information, and/or HIV status
    • Facilitate peer support groups and activities
    • Assist with daily tasks and activities and provide support with special projects as needed
    • Partner directly with Case Workers to assist in the carrying out of client identified needs and goals
    • Direct data entry into agency HMIS system(s)
    • Maintain strict confidentiality concerning any client's information, living information and HIV/AIDS status.
    • Mandated to report any witnessed or suspected child abuse to the Department of Children and Families.
    • Other duties as assigned


    • Must have completed the DMHAS Recovery Assistant Training and have received the Certification or be eligible to complete the certification process within the first 6 months of hire
    • Be at least 18 years' old
    • Possess at least a high school diploma or GED
    • Possess a valid Connecticut Driver's License, proof of insurance, and access to reliable transportation
    • Be registered with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) as having completed an approved Recovery Assistant training program and will be able to meet any continuing education and/or training requirements set by DMHAS or be eligible to complete the DMHAS training process
    • Knowledge of the Recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using established standardized mental health processes
    • Persons with lived experience (i.e. candidates must have experience with mental health and/or addiction)
    • Flexibility, professionalism, and a positive attitude
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills a must
    • Ability and desire to work as part of team; identify with and support the mission of New Reach
    • Proficient with the use of computers including software programs Microsoft Outlook, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Publisher, and Microsoft PowerPoint
    • Ability to handle multiple tasks at the same time
    • Work well under pressure
    • Prioritize work without direct supervision
    • Comply with expectations as outlined in the employee handbook

     Physical Demands:

    • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The associate must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

    This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to assist individuals with disabilities in meeting the expectations of this position.

    Reports to: The Peer Recovery Assistant reports directly to the SHP Program Manager.

    No Phone Calls

    EEO/VET Employer

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