Recovery Mentor #1172

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

The Recovery Mentor provides case management offering a combination of referral linkage, individual counseling, family support, group counseling and case management services to assist client's successful engagement in treatment and the family's ability to support the client's continued treatment involvement.  May work in a residential or outpatient setting.

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Location: This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Hillsboro Walnut site. 

Pay/Benefits: $17.02 to $18.30 per hour plus, pro-rated comprehensive benefits. This is a part-time position working 20 hours per week.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  (These responsibilities must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • Screens and selects clients to participate in the mentoring program.
  • Develop the service plan for all clients including a service reporting plan on each referral.
  • Within the first five working days following intake into services, the client and (if appropriate) family members meet with the Recovery Mentor and the Primary Counselor to develop a case management plan.
  • The Recovery Mentor should have daily contact with clients for up to the first five weeks after release helping with engagement in recovery support, housing and employment issues, family adjustment issues, legal, housing, medical and benefit issues.  Frequency of contact should gradually decrease to the point of twice monthly or monthly contact by the ninetieth day after release. 
  • Responsible for assisting the family in the initial implementation of the plan, maintaining regular communications with the client's primary therapist, collateral providers, community corrections staff, and linking the client system to needed services within the community.
  • Determines when to terminate clients from the program because services are no longer necessary or the client is not responding to the mentor model.
  • Meets regularly with staff from social service agencies to update them on LifeWorks NW services identifying unmet services/needs LifeWorks NW may be able to address; review and update referral and case coordination procedures as needed; obtain referral requests and work with referral sources to remove any barriers to treatment; report back if clients fails to attend; obtain relevant case information from the referral for the clinician who will be doing the client's intake assessment; work with referral source and client to facilitate the family's involvement in the assessment and the treatment planning process.
  • Attend informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, team meetings, consultation meetings with psychiatrist, staffing, intra-agency trainings, etc. as required.
  • All services must be provided in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Some evenings/weekends required
  • Meets standards for documentation and work accuracy as defined in the Performance Evaluation including timely completion of progress notes, assessments, treatment plans, and authorization requests. 
  • Meets standards as defined in the Performance Evaluation for direct service, implementation and utilization of the clinical model, quality of clinical practice and teamwork.
  • Travels between sites or in the community driving clients when needed.

Work Activities

Assisting and Caring for Others - Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to clients. Responsible for rendering assistance to clean up duties involving the bodily fluids spill kit.

Communicating with Supervisors and Peers - Providing information to supervisors and coworkers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

Documenting/Recording Information - Entering and maintaining information in written or electronic form.

Getting Information - Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships - Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems - Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work - Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

Processing Information - Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating auditing, or verifying information or data.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others - Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events - Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Exposure to Environmental and/or Physical Hazards - May be exposed to various conditions specific to each home including stairs, pets, allergens, odors, alcohol or drug paraphernalia, and/or various other environmental elements.

REQUIREMENTS:  (Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications.  Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)

  • High school diploma/GED.
  • Must have a current Recovery Mentor Certification and a Traditional Health Worker number from the Office of Equity and Inclusion.
  • If recovering from a substance abuse related disorder, must be able to demonstrate continuous sobriety under nonresidential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years.
  • Substantial experience with issues involving addiction including the language, values, norms and other attributes of the subculture; the subtleties and linguistic nuances of the differences between honest dialogue and statements made for effect.
  • Extensive knowledge of how to efficiently navigate the social service network from the bottom up.
  • Must be able to accompany clients throughout their environment. 
  • Must have knowledge of the legal/corrections system.
  • The ability to maintain confidentiality and appropriate boundaries.
  • Demonstrates effective communication skills and maintains a cooperative working relationship with others in a culturally diverse environment.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
  • Requires ability to work some evenings and/or weekends
  • Requires access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and verification of safe driving record from DMV.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or others.

Knowledge

Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups.  

English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words and grammar.

Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services.

Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records.

Sociology - Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.

Skills

Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance to make improvements or take corrective action.

Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.

Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

Abilities

Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

Deductive Reasoning - The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

Fluency of Ideas - The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).

Equal Opportunity Employer

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