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Recovery Support Specialist - Inpatient Adult Behavioral Health

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Natchaug Hospital


Mansfield Center, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Natchaug Hospital is Eastern Connecticut’s leading provider for children, adolescents and adults with mental illness and substance abuse addictions. We offer a variety of programs including inpatient and outpatient behavioral health, residential treatment for court-involved teenage girls, geriatric services, clinical day treatment schools and chemical dependency services. Through our multi-site network of care, we constantly strive to meet its mission in helping people find their way while educating and empowering individuals to participate in their own care and recovery.

Job Summary

Accountable for using shared life experiences and recovery management techniques to engage, motivate, educate and mentor clients in achieving individualized goals for successful community living.  The recovery Support Specialist provides peer support which is a non-clinical role. This class does not involve treatment, assessment or evaluation activities. The duties are centered on mutuality and sharing common recovery perspective and language with the client. A recovery Support Specialist is expected to act as coach and advocate, promoting the program value of autonomy, diversity and empowerment, with the knowledge and ability to link client to community-based supports and other resources.   


  • High School diploma or equivalent and registered for Recovery University
  • At least 6 months experience as a Recovery Support Specialist Trainee
  • Recovery Support Specialist Certification or eligible to be obtained within 6 months of hire
  • Personal experience of being the primary caregiver of a child who is consuming mental health/substance abuse services and having worked on own families recovery.
  • Demonstrated ability to cope with child(ren)’s diagnosis.
  • Experience working with children and families in a community-based program preferred.
  • Knowledge of community support systems and resources
  • Knowledge of Wellness Recovery Action Planning and other recovery management techniques
  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of psychiatric rehabilitation
  • Ability to observe and redirect client behavior
  • Considerable interpersonal skill, oral and written communication skills

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As a Hartford Healthcare entity, The Hartford Hospital Institute of Living provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working in a thriving centrally located urban community:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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