Job Description

Job Title: Family Recovery/Peer Specialist
Job ID: 740679
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday - Friday, varied hours, occasional weekend
Shift: Variable
Facility: Jameson Child Advocacy Center
Department: Nurse Family Part_18
Location: 2010 West State Street, New Castle PA 16101


Family Recovery Specialist (FRS) will help families move into and through the recovery process. A FRS understands the stigma associated with opioid and substance use disorder and its impact on the family. The FRS provides support and enhancement that promotes positive outcomes. The FRS are individuals with lived experience who provide non-clinical support as a fully integrated treatment team member and educator for families. The FRS shares their lived experience with other families to provide recovery support services. The FRS are role models of recovery values and principles by helping families to identify and remove barriers and triggers to the recovery process. The FRS works full time as part of a dedicated multi-disciplinary team providing emotional and informational support.


  • Assist families to identify and access community treatment, support, and other resources.
  • Coordinate closely with other agency staff.
  • Develop family service plans related to substance use/mental health, trauma, relapse prevention, recovery support, and parenting.
  • Identify and collaborate with providers of Medication Assisted Treatment to support access to MAT as needed for clients.
  • Identify community resources to support families in accessing recovery support, relapse prevention, and parenting support services.
  • Meet regularly with Supervisor for guidance and supervision.
  • Other duties as required.
  • Provide outreach, engagement and recovery support to families with opioid substance use disorders.
  • Regularly re-assess families and update family service plans as needed.
  • Work with collaterals and other professionals involved with client/family.


ATTENTION:  In order to qualify for this position, you must be self-identified as having lived recovery along with demonstrated sobriety under non-residential, independent living conditions in the immediate past two years.

  • High School Diploma/GED required. 
  • Certified Family Recovery Specialist or Certified Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach required within 12 months of hire.
  • Three or more years of work experience as a peer preferred.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Automotive Insurance
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities


Salary Range: $12.40 to $18.88 / hour

Union Position: No

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