EPICC (Eastern Region) Peer Specialist

Salary: Dependent on employed agency

City: Greater Saint Louis Area

State: MO

Job Description:

Join the dynamic and expanding Engaging Patients in Care Coordination (EPICC) team and assist in addressing the St. Louis region’s opioid epidemic. As a Recovery Coach for the EPICC Project, you will have the opportunity to work on a community project through one of the following St. Louis area treatment centers: Preferred Family Healthcare, Gateway Foundation, Queen of Peace Center, Comtrea or Center for Life Solutions. Potential Recovery Coaches/Peer Specialists should be prepared to outreach EPICC clients in the field, complete data entry requirements in a timely manner, and manage agency-specific tasks and responsibilities. This is a full-time position.

Essential Job Functions:
• Follow monthly Recovery Coach schedule that will be provided by the Project Manager. Note: Coaches may be required to numerous rotating shifts, including days, over-nights, and weekends and be able to respond to calls 24/7 when scheduled.
• Provide outreach to individuals who overdose on opioids and motivate them/provide linkage to treatment services (via the hospital ER during or after business hours/in the community during business hours).
• Accurately document outreaches in Efforts to Outcomes (ETO) Database the following business day after the outreach is completed.
• Follow-up with clients and treatment centers as needed to ensure the referral to services was completed and the client was connected/admitted to the agency.
• Complete client follow-ups as needed to keep the client engaged or to re-engage as well as completing status updates at two weeks, 30 days, three months, and six months post-outreach.
• Meet face-to-face weekly with Clinical Care Coordinator to debrief from on-call shifts, discuss cases and engagement strategies, and ensure proper form completion.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Must work well in a team environment and willing to be flexible.
• Must have strong time management skills and be able to work independently.
• Must be willing to be on call (via shift work) to provide outreach contact within 60 minutes and travel throughout the Greater St. Louis region (including seven counties).
• Must be willing to accept personal responsibility and account for own actions when appropriate.
• Must be able to communicate well with others using clear verbal expression and thoughtful listening skills.
• Must remain flexible and adapt to workplace changes as needed.
• Must be comfortable working well with people who have different personalities and backgrounds.
• Must have good people-skills and easily build rapport with clients and co-workers.
• Must possess good time management skills to ensure all responsibilities are completed and maintained.
• Must adhere to the philosophy that medication assisted treatment is an appropriate form of treatment for people in recovery.
• Basic computer skills including familiarity with the Microsoft Office Suite of applications.

!!! Interested applicants should apply directly to the partnered agencies: !!!
• Preferred Family Healthcare
• Gateway Foundation (St. Louis)
• Queen of Peace Center
• Comtrea
• Center for Life Solutions


Requirements: Education and Experience Qualifications:
• High School Graduate or General Education Degree (GED) required.
• Previous lived experience with substance use. Former consumer of substance use treatment services is a plus. Must be in recovery for a minimum of two years.
• Must possess Missouri Peer Specialist certification at time of hire

Other Requirements:
• Must have a reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and motor vehicle insurance.
• Must be able to pass background check or request an exception to the findings.
• Must be at least 21 years of age.


Send Resume To:

Megan Zychinski
mzychinski@bhnstl.org