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CommonSpirit Health Peer Specialist in LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S. & from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable and innovating how and where healing can happen both inside our hospitals and out in the community.


The Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) is an active member of the treatment team and provides peer support services to individuals with substance use disorder under the supervision of a Peer Recovery Peer Supervisor (PRPS). Peer Recovery Support Specialist will function as a role model to individuals; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of life skills; and will serve as a recovery advocate, providing information and peer support for individuals in outpatient and inpatient settings. The PRSS performs a wide range of tasks to assist individuals of all ages, from young adult to older adults, in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own recovery process. Recovery resources such as booklets, tapes, pamphlets and other written materials will be utilized by the PRSS in the provision of services.

Using the Arkansas Model, the PRSS will:

  • Assist individuals in creating personal goals for recovery using one-to-one and group sessions. During these sessions the PRSS will support individuals in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery plans with the skills, strengths, supports, and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.

  • Assist individuals in working with their case manager or treatment team in determining the steps he/she needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery.

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

  • Utilize tools such as the Recovery Action Planning (contact for examples) to assist individuals in creating their own individual recovery action plans.

  • Utilize and demonstrate problem solving techniques with individuals and groups; discussions will be utilized where individuals will share common problems and solutions.

  • Use ongoing individual and group sessions to communicate to individuals how to identify and combat negative self-talk and how to identify and overcome fears by providing a forum which allows group members and PRSS to share their experiences. By using State identified literature, media, etc., individuals will gain hope, learn to identify their strengths and combat negative self-talk.

  • Support individuals’ vocational choices and assist them in applying for and choosing a job that matches their strengths, overcoming job-related anxiety by reviewing job applications, and providing interview tips and encouragement.

  • Group Facilitation; 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.



  • 2 years in active recovery

  • High school diploma or jurisdictional certified high school equivalency. 46 hours specific to the domains with 10 hours in Advocacy, 10 hours in Mentoring/Education, 10 hours in Recovery/Wellness Support and 16 hours in Ethical Responsibility. Education is defined as formal classroom education, i.e. workshops, seminars, institutes, in-service training, college/university work. One clock hour of education is equal to 50 minutes of continuous instruction.

  • 500 hours of supervised work experience under a certified or licensed behavioral healthcare professional is the requirement for the Peer Recovery credential. Supervised work experience must be in the IC&RC/AODA performance domains of Advocacy, Mentoring/Education, Recovery/Wellness Support, and Ethical Responsibility. All work experience must be documented as outlined in this Application and Standards manual.

  • 25 Performing hours of Supervised Practicum in the IC&RC peer recovery domains is required.

  • Copy of your CIT letter

  • Criminal background check

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Requisition ID 2021-156062

Employment Type Full Time

Department Behavioral Health

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Day

Standard Hours 10AM-8PM

Facility / Process Level : Name CHI St. Vincent Health


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.