Community Supervision Peer Recovery Specialist - Blount


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: Community Supervision Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS). 


The Peer Recovery Specialist (PRS) is responsible for encouraging treatment, providing positive social interactions, sharing story of recovery, and empowering clients. Assist, mentor, educate, peer counsel, model, coach, support, encourage clients on home visits, and follow-up services as defined by the Peer Recovery Specialist Plan.  Provides direct service delivery in the community within flexible hours, develops and implements appropriate recovery planning, provides crisis intervention and emergency services, interacts and coordinates with probation and other criminal justice agencies, as well as utilizes center-wide and community resources as needed for client benefit.  Embraces the key values of recovery: self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment.  This program will be housed within the Tennessee Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Office in Blount County. This is a pilot program that embeds a PRS in the TDOC Office to provide peer recovery services to individuals on probation. 

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 be eligible for certification.

Experience: Must have firsthand life experience with the judicial system, must be in recovery from a substance use and/or a co-occurring disorder for at least two (2) years and a desire to be a role model for recovery.  If previously on probation, must be off supervision for a minimum of two (2) years.

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. Valid driver's license- "F" endorsement and a personal dependable vehicle to conduct community outreach and response. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.

Skills: Must have strong communication skills. Must be comfortable with working with professional members of the community, including but not limited to law enforcement, probation, psychologists and counselors, attorneys, and other case managers. Must be able to perform job responsibilities on an independent level.

Physical: 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, getting down on knees, running, and walking. Valid driver's license- "F" endorsement and a personal dependable vehicle to conduct community outreach and response. Maintaining a dependable vehicle and certified driver status is a condition of employment.  Must be off supervision for two (2) years.


Salary range for this position starts at approximately $11.14 per hour depending on relevant experience and education.

The Helen Ross McNabb Center ( 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.