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Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) – Center of Excellence

Program Overview

The Opioid Center of Excellence (COE) is a community based care management team. The team coordinates the care for the opioid population between systems creating a patient centered health home. The team creates warm hand offs between systems, coordinates transitions in care, assists with re-establishing life domains, incorporates medication assisted treatment, coordinates with Primary Care Physicians, and creates rapid access to treatment.

Position Overview

The CRS has experience with behavioral health services and is willing to use and share his or her lived experience and first-hand knowledge to the team and its clients and family members. The CRS functions as a community-based integrated team member providing expertise around the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by clients/families to have a recovery oriented and satisfying life. The CRS engages with persons served to create warm hand offs between acute inpatient treatment and other levels of care classified as complex chronic care management, which positively impacts engagement in treatment recommendations. The CRS works to identify engagement needs and helps to work with individuals through stages of change.   The CRS helps the team identify opportunities from a strength- based approach about enhancing life domain needs.

Hours: Full-time

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Provide recovery counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a recovery specialist, to provide guidance and encouragement to clients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.
  • Provide side-by-side support and coaching to help clients socialize and remain active in their community.
  • Engage identified members that are in higher levels of care around complex chronic care management services. Assist in relapse prevention planning and ensure a smooth transition within their levels of care with transitional care management services.
  • Engage with identified members that have disconnected from the team and/or treatment.
  • Support client participation in community self-help groups.
  • Assist clients to plan and carry out leisure time activities on evening, weekends, and holidays.
  • Coach or teach basic individual living skills, such as food preparation and meal planning, laundry, bill payment, personal hygiene, etc.
  • Transport clients to scheduled community activities or appointments.
  • Provide education about symptoms of mental illness to enable clients to identify their relapse symptoms or relapse triggers.


  • Minimum high school diploma or equivalent. Certification as a Recovery Specialist required upon hire.
  • Understanding of principles of mental illness and recovery.
  • A valid PA Driver’s license and good driving record.
  • A Pennsylvania Criminal Record Check, a Pennsylvania Child Abuse History Clearance and a FBI Criminal History Background Check.

Penn Foundation is an equal opportunity employer