Acadia Healthcare Certified Recovery Specialist in Allentown, Pennsylvania

Under the supervision of the Clinical Director/ Supervisor, and with input from the primary counselor / counselor assistant, the Certified Recovery Specialist is responsible for the clients assigned to their caseload.

The Certified Recovery Specialist is responsible for providing supportive services to enhance clients’ recovery, to include but not limited to services within the following areas: outreach, intervention, coordination of care, casework activities, discussion groups, aftercare, follow up and education.

The Certified Recovery Specialist is also responsible for ensuring outreach, mentoring, peer support and guidance, as well as resource information and referral, for clients age 18 and older in the target population. Certified Recovery specialists assist clients in gaining access to needed resources in the community, by assisting them in overcoming barriers and helping them bridge gaps between their needs and available resources. Certified Recovery Specialist will assist individuals at all stages of the recovery process, including to those not yet engaged in treatment or other services. These services will enhance the service continuum by offering ongoing supports and assistance promoting and encouraging long term recovery. Certified Recovery Specialist work closely with program participants before, during and after their treatment experiences to support and assist them in their recovery, in understanding and navigating the system of care, as well as to encourage and guide any necessary connections with other service systems.


  • Facilitate access to various community resources to ensure basic needs are met.

  • Recommend referrals to treatment services when necessary.

  • Offer guidance on the recovery experience, to include stage appropriate recovery education

  • Offer support and advocacy related to obstacles encountered during the early stages of recovery.

  • Assist in the development of individualized recovery plans for participants.

  • Assist participants in acquiring life skills such as budgeting, shopping, cooking, housekeeping, interview skills, etc. through role-plays and/or direct assistance.

  • Monitor participants’ recovery stability and degree to which current service plan meets the participants; recovery needs.

  • Introduce and engage participants in the recovery community.

  • Provide ongoing assistance for participants in obtaining and/or maintaining services from multiple systems.

  • Provides assistance to participants in setting up appointments and etc. as needed to promote effective planning for continuing care and aftercare.

  • Provides assistance to participants in the development of their continuing care recovery plan.

  • Provide ongoing support to participants who have completed the program, as needed.

  • Serve as a liaison to program participants for re-admission recovery concerns.

  • Provides written feedback in the clinical chart to the primary counselor / counselor assistant regarding the process of setting up appointments and other issues the patient has addressed with them.

  • Maintains an ongoing communication with primary counselor/counselor assistant regarding progress of participant with individualized recovery plan.

  • Participates in clinical team meetings, development and in-service trainings.

  • Responsible for meeting the client/participant care standards as established by licensing, accrediting, and other agencies

Experience and Education

High School Diploma or GED and Minimum of 1 year of Recovery experience

Prior to employment, or will receive within their first year of employment, the D&A Recovery Specialist Certification from the Pennsylvania Certification board (PCB).

A specific period of close or direct supervision as outlined in the Pa. Dept. of Health Staffing Requirements of Drug and Alcohol Treatment Activities section 704.9. (Copies available)

Other Requirements:

Good verbal and written communications skills.

Ability to communicate effectively with patients and related individuals of diverse backgrounds

Excellent time management skills

Willingness to be flexible in adjusting to new and changing situations