Recovery Mentor #604

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.  

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. This position is 40 hours a week. Full benefits.

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.

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.


Equal Opportunity Employer

www.lifeworksnw.org

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