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Certified Recovery Support Specialist - SBIRT Program

Full Time and Part Time Positions in Alachua County, Florida 

JOB TITLE: Certified Recovery Support Specialist



The SBIRT Certified Recovery Specialist (CRSS) conducts brief intervention, brief treatment, referral to treatment, care navigation and other resources as needed to reduce barriers to treatment. This individual will function as a liaison between individuals with mental health disorders and or substances abuse disorders, serve as a consumer advocate, providing consumer information and navigating those in outpatient and inpatient settings. The CRSS will assist individuals in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own wellness and recovery process. Recovery resources such as booklets, tapes, pamphlets and other written materials will be utilized by the CRSS in the provision of services.



  • Knowledge of the Recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery and wellness using established standardized procedures.

  • Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem-solving strategies to support individuals in self-directed recovery and wellness.

  • Knowledge of the signs and symptoms of behavioral health issues and the ability to assist the individual in addressing symptoms using strategies such as positive self-talk, asking for help, social support, treatment, and self-help.

  • Knowledge and skill sufficient to use community resources necessary for independent living and ability to teach those skills to other individuals with primary care behavioral health and daily living challenges. Community resources may include but are not limited to social security office, Department of Family and Children services, local YMCA, library, restaurants, self-help organizations, housing providers, etc. The CRSS may accompany individuals to community resources to assist them in accessing these resources.

  • Knowledge of how to establish and sustain self-help (mutual support) and educational groups by soliciting input from the individual on their strengths and interests.

  • A valid driver’s license is required as some driving and transportation may be required to take clients to medical appointments, job sites, social activities and other community resources.



  • A valid Class E Drivers’ License for positions that require driving personal or agency vehicle on agency business.

  • Must maintain a minimum Bodily Injury & Property Liability insurance limit of at least $50,000 for positions that require driving personal own vehicle (POV) on agency business (proof of insurance is required).

  • Must be able to pass a Level II Background Screening



  • Ability to assist individuals in working with their CRSS or treatment team in determining steps needed to take in order to achieve goals and self-directed recovery.

  • Ability to assist individuals in building social skills in the community that will enhance job acquisition and tenure utilizing their recovery experience.

  • Ability to teach individuals how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows members to share their experiences.

  • Will be required to support individual’s vocational choices and assist them in choosing a job that matches their strengths, overcoming job-related anxiety by reviewing job applications, and providing interview tips.



  • Assist individuals in articulating personal goals for recovery through the use of one-to-one and group sessions.

  • Support clients in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals, provide recovery capital scale to those worked with to aid in identifying areas for support.

  • Assist clients in setting up and sustaining self-help (mutual support) groups, as well as means of locating and joining existing groups.

  • Independently or with periodic assistance of other treatment team members, utilize and teach problem solving techniques to individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where individuals will share common problems in daily living and methods they have employed to manage and cope with these problems. As one who has availed themselves to mental health services, you will share their own experiences and what skills, strengths, supports and resources you use. As much as possible, you will share your own recovery story and as the facilitator of these sessions, will demonstrate how you have directed your own recovery.

  • Serve as a recovery agent by providing and advocating for any effective recovery-based services that will aid the person in daily living functioning.

  • Assist in obtaining services that suit that individual’s recovery needs by providing community resources and groups that may be useful. 

  • Inform individuals about community and natural supports and how to use these in the recovery process. Community resources may include but are not limited to social security office, Department of Family and Children services, local YMCA, library, restaurants, service organizations, apartment complexes and other types of housing, etc.

  • Assist clients in developing empowerment skills and combating stigma through self-advocacy. This will be accomplished through regular meetings, individual or group sessions.

  • Through the use of role playing and modeling techniques, provide opportunities for others to demonstrate how they have handled similar problems, how to present themselves in certain situations, or how to handle problems that may arise in interactions with others.

  • Will work with individuals and other treatment team staff to develop a recovery plan based on each individual's identified goals.

  • Use Recovery Oriented System of Care (ROSC) language in all interactions with those served.

  • Develop Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) plan with individuals interested in self-directed care.

  • Help individuals navigate ROSC and linkage to these services.


The Duties and Responsibilities reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job and shall not be construed as a detailed description of all related work assignments that may be inherent to the job.



Must have Intermediate to advanced experience in Microsoft Office Suite programs (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), the use of personal computers, and standard office productivity software.



Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operation and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.



The physical demands here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl; and talk or hear.



The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position.  While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, Management reserves the right to modify, and/or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary.



40 Hours per week

$15.00 - $16.00 per hour depending on experience

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