CRS Job Description

Position Title: Indiana Certified Recovery Specialist

Summary Description:

Under supervision, the Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) provides peer support services, serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumer information and peer support for consumers in emergency, outpatient, or inpatient settings. The CRS performs a wide range of tasks to assist consumers in regaining control over their lives and recovery process. The CRS will model competence in recovery and coping.

Position Responsibilities:

Following the guidelines set by the employer, the CRS will interact safely and effectively with consumers to:

  • Assist consumers in articulating personal goals for recovery
  • Assist consumers in determining reasonable and holistic steps moving toward recovery
  • Assist consumers in identifying barriers to recovery goals
  • Assist consumers in identifying personal strengths in daily living and recovery skills
  • Observe and reinforce positive progress that consumers make toward recovery goals
  • Teach problem-solving skills
  • Teach consumers to identify and combat negative self-talk
  • Teach consumers how to identify and overcome fears
  • Support the vocational choices consumers make and assist them in overcoming job-related anxieties and conflicts
  • Assist consumers in building social skills by demonstrating and reinforcing proper conduct and respectful interaction
  • Assist non-consumer staff in identifying program elements that are supportive or      destructive to recovery
  • Attend treatment team meetings and medication appointments as requested to represent the needs and perspectives of the consumer
  • Utilize his/her unique recovery experience to teach and role model the value of every individual's recovery experience.
  • Maintain effective coping and self-help techniques.
  • Continue to develop professional skill by maintaining certification through required coursework
  • Attend relevant seminars, staff in-service trainings whenever offered
  • Investigate community resources for appropriateness of services to consumers
  • Maintain confidentiality of consumer information
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with consumers and avoid dual relationships within the community
  • Support treatment team objectives and strategies
  • Fulfill documentation requirements of employer accurately and in a timely manner
  • Use inclusive, culturally appropriate language and attitudes with all clients and staff
  • Meet job expectations as specified in the Employee Handbook.

Position Qualifications:

Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or GED. Self-identify as a current or former consumer. Must be maintaining healthy recovery from mental illness. Must have excellent interpersonal communication skills and the ability to meet written communication requirements. Must be able to verify completion of state-approved training program and passing score on certification exam.