Recovery Coach (Middletown, CT)

April 30, 2020

Columbus House, Inc.

Job Posting: Full Time, FLSA Non-Exempt, Non-Essential

Recovery Coach-Middletown

VEVRAA Federal Contractor: Priority Referrals of Protected Veterans Requested


Under the direction of the Middlesex Program Manager, the Recovery Coach (RC) provides support services to homeless or at-risk of homeless persons with opioid dependence and their families. The RC will work in collaboration with the Outreach and Engagement Team and the Recovery Interventions Service Team (RIST) to identify clients seeking recovery support. The RC role performs a wide range of tasks to mutually support clients in gaining an understanding of recovery and wellness principles, practices and pathways, including: Hope, Choice, Empowerment, Recovery Culture and Spirituality; and the Trauma Informed Care Values: Safety, Trustworthiness, Choice, Collaboration, and Empowerment.



High School graduate or equivalent; lived experience with serious mental illness or substance abuse with stability in their own recovery and a willingness to self-identify as a person in recovery. In-depth understanding of Trauma Informed Care services. Organized yet flexible while able to employ recovery language as appropriate. Basic computer skills or willingness to learn. RC’s acknowledge that they are only the experts on themselves and recognize the same for the people they serve. Must be respectful, non-judgmental, compassionate, and empathetic towards others while developing partnerships with team members and community resources. Intimately familiar with mental health, substance abuse and dual diagnosis issues and group dynamics. Able to meet all documentation requirements. Knowledgeable about crisis intervention, boundaries, confidentiality, universal precautions, harm reduction, trauma informed care and motivational interviewing. Valid driver’s license with a good driving history. Certification from an accredited provider of Recovery centered education.


Duties and Responsibilities

Must be comfortable and have the ability to engage in street outreach to individuals experiencing homelessness or individuals at-risk of homelessness who suffer from an opioid use disorder in Middletown. Locations of outreach will include, but are not limited to, soup kitchens, warming centers, shelters, motels, and outdoors. Provide referrals to clients for treatment programs, shelters, and other resources as needed. Provide transportation to appointments for clients as appropriate. Assist clients in articulating and determining the steps they decide to take in order to reach their recovery goals. Assist clients in building relationships that will further enrich their daily life. Lead peer support groups for clients and families. Conduct educational workshops on opioid use disorders for agency staff. Role model good self-care, coping skills, self-help strategies, and the regular use of wellness tools. Participate in required recovery support team meetings, staff meetings, workshops and trainings as determined by supervisor. Monitor all cases assigned and complete all documentation/charting required by Columbus House and its relevant funders. Maintains regular contact with supervisor and actively seeks input from supervisor, coworkers, and persons in recovery. Other related duties as assigned.

Supervised by: Middlesex Program Manager

Pay: $15.00 to $15.40 per hour plus excellent benefits

Schedule: Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, flexible; from November through April, must be able to work 2nd shift 2- 3 times per week at the Warming Center in Middletown.


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Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity 

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