Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (Navigator Recovery)


At the Helen Ross McNabb Center, our mission is "Improving the lives of the people we serve."  Do you see yourself as a part of this life-changing work? If so, we are currently seeking a qualified and motivated professional for the following position: Certified Peer Recovery Specialist. 


The Navigator Recovery Specialist / Certified Peer Recovery Specialist is a team member who will work within the hospital's emergency department at Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System to engage individuals who have recently overdosed and provide direct assistance with linkage to substance abuse treatment, mental health treatment, and recovery support services. The CPRS must be available on call to provide brief and immediate intervention for individuals who come into the emergency department for treatment of opioid overdose and/or revived by naloxone. The CPRS will utilize their personal recovery to help others, promote self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment to motivate individual to seek treatment. The CPRS will use a harm reduction and continual engagement model as well as motivational interviewing along with personal experience to increase readiness for change.  The CPRS will supply literature and information on community services in the area and provide appropriate education and linkage to needed services.

This position requires utilizing a personal dependable vehicle to conduct Center business. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.


Education/Knowledge: Must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent, be a State of Tennessee Certified Peer Recovery Specialist, or have completed the following to be eligible for state certification:

1.  Attended the 5 day training facilitated by State Certified Trainers

2.  Gained 75 hours of work or volunteer experience in Peer Recovery Services

Bachelor's degree in human services, addictions, counseling, or related field.

Experience: Must be a primary co-occurring disorders consumer with appropriate life experience and a desire to be a role model for recovery. Experience with utilizing Motivational Interviewing and peer counseling is preferred. Some experience in customer service helpful. One year of supervisory experience is preferred. A valid driver's license with an F endorsement is a job requirement.

Applicants should possess the ability to relate to individuals and families of varied ethnic and cultural backgrounds, ages, educational levels, and economic circumstances with respect and dignity.  Excellent verbal, written, and computer skills are necessary in order to work effectively and collaboratively with clients, collaborating agencies, and community professionals, as well as maintaining proper documentation. 

Physical: Possible exposure to biological hazards. Hearing of normal and soft tones. Close eye work. Lifting up to 50 lbs. Pushing/pulling up to 150 lbs., frequent sitting, standing, walking, bending, stooping, and reaching. This position requires certification in and adequate implementation of verbal and physical de-escalation techniques that include a wide range of bodily movements including but not limited to grasping, holding another person, and going down on knees, running and walking. Must be capable of assisting in utilizing non-violent methods of crisis intervention including therapeutic holding. Must be certified in First Aid, CPR (adult, child, infant), and AED use or be capable of becoming certified. Must have the ability to document in the Electronic medical record using correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.


Salary range for this position starts at approximately $12.38 per hour depending on relevant experience and education.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center (www.mcnabbcenter.org) is a premier not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services.  The Center provides quality care and serves all ages in a continuum of prevention, early intervention, social, co-occurring, addiction, outpatient, and crisis services.

HRMC is an EOE. HRMC conducts background checks, driver's license record, degree verification, and drug screens at hire. Employment is contingent upon clean drug screen, background check, and driving record. Additionally, certain programs are subject to TB Screening and/or testing.  Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive; and employee will also perform other reasonably related job responsibilities as assigned by immediate supervisor and other management as required.  This organization reserves the right to revise or change job duties as the need arises.  Moreover, management reserves the right to change job descriptions, job duties, or working schedules based on their duty to accommodate individuals with disabilities.  This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.