PEER RECOVERY COACH Job at University of Maryland Medical System, La Plata, MD

  • University of Maryland Medical System
  • La Plata, MD

Job Description

Our growing community hospital serving Maryland’s Charles County offers all of the services and amenities of a bigger metro hospital with the personal attention of our caring staff. At University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center (UM CRMC), our talented and diverse groups of professionals represent our strength. Through teamwork and a collaborative work environment, we proudly serve our patients and our community with unwavering commitment. It’s our passion for people that motivates us to do great work every single day.

We are consistently named among the top 100 Best Places to Work in Maryland. Employees have the opportunity to grow professionally in a supportive and stimulating environment. Our excellent employee benefits support a healthy, balanced lifestyle.

Job Description

Functioning under minimal supervision, the Peer Recovery Coach provides non-clinical services intended to aid patients in establishing recovery from high risk of dependent alcohol and drug use problems. The Peer Recovery Coach will work as part of the Emergency Department team to provide peer support and motivation to encourage patients who are seeking treatment for alcohol or drug dependency and addiction issues. The Peer Recovery Coach will 
assist in completing referrals to treatment services and developing service plans to promote successful linkage to treatment services. Services will be provided in the Emergency Department with appropriate follow-up. 

Principal Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to relate to patients and health professionals.
  • Ability to develop professional working relationships with partner agencies.
  • Ability to read, interpret documents and write routine reports.
  • Basic computer skills are required.
  • Demonstrated patience and tact when dealing with patients, families, and other staff, to integrate Continuous Quality Improvement principles for service and organization work improvements.
  • Ability to work with people of all social, economic, and cultural backgrounds; be flexible, open-minded and adaptable to change.
  • Ability to develop collaborative relationships with physicians, families, patients, interdisciplinary team and other community agencies.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn and an interest in acquiring new skills.
  • The ability to ensure the confidentiality and rights of all patient and departmental documents is required.


Education and Experience

  • High school diploma or G.E.D. is required.
  • The candidate must be actively engaged in his/her own recovery program with a minimum of three years demonstrated personal recovery in managing their mental illness and/or sustained abstinence from alcohol and/or drug use.
  • Eligible for the Certification as a Peer Recovery Coach in the State of Maryland and complete training and certification within the first year of employment.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of Peer Recovery Coach practices, with individuals, family and in group settings.
  • The incumbent must be able to read, interpret documents and write routine reports. Basic computer skills are required.
  • The Peer Recovery Coach must demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills, the ability to relate to patients and health professionals, as well as good problem-solving skills. In addition, the candidate must demonstrate a willingness to learn and an interest in acquiring new skills.
  • Chart documentation, community referrals, and effective networking techniques to coordinate services for patients outside of the hospital.
  • Ability to demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary to provide services appropriate to the patient population(s) served.

Patient Safety

Ensures patient safety in the performance of job functions and through participation in hospital, department or unit patient safety initiatives.

  • Takes action to correct observed risks to patient safety.
  • Reports adverse events and near misses to appropriate management authority.
  • Identifies possible risks in processes, procedures, devices and communicates the same to those in charge.

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

Job Tags

Full time, Flexible hours,

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