Recovery Support Assistant - #604384

Squaxin Island Tribe

Date: 11/25/2021 23:00 PM

City: Hoodsport, Washington

Contract type: Full Time

Work schedule: Full Day

Job Title:

Recovery Support Assistant


Northwest Indian Treatment Center Inpatient Facility

Reports to:

Treatment Center Director

FLSA Status:


TS Range:

5/6 DOQ & 6/7 DOQ

Opening Date:

November 23, 2021

Closing Date:

December 8, 2021


Performs a variety tasks as an integral part of the recovery support team all requiring collaborative work with teams, strong communication skills and the ability to form long lasting, supportive relationships. Provides patient assessments to determine aftercare needs in coordination with the clinical staff and external providers. The Recovery Support Team visits provider sites to assure resources are culturally appropriate to NWITC patients. Extending the recovery support network is an important component of this position to strengthen the relationship with tribal behavioral health and other services. This position must have the qualifications to provide training in tribal communities for Recovery Coach Academies, and Bridge Training for those Recovery Coaches who wish to become Washington State Certified Peer Counselors. This position is also qualified to provide Peer Counselor Training which necessitates become a Washington State Certified Peer Counselor. This position requires proficiency in DBT skills and the ability to teach a population that is often resistant to new information and manage groups of patients and alumni who are difficult to manage. This position is an engaging presenter of complex information to groups, making appropriate interventions in emotion-laden situations. This position requires a comprehensive understanding of issues of harassment and violence in the workplace and domestic violence institutional racism and how it impacts Indian people. Must be available to support alumni in crisis in the evenings and on weekends. Frequent overnight travel will be required.


(Other duties may be assigned)

Work collaboratively with the NWITC team to perform complex administrative functions related to the Recovery Support Service Enhancement and Grant Project requirements.

Provide clearly articulated, organized and engaging lectures and activities to patients and staff.

Is proficient in teaching DBT Skills to patients and alumni. Teaches DBT skills in relationship to native plants.

Consistently demonstrate DBT Skills in communication with peers, patients and alumni.

Participate in the planning and development of grants, and assists to implement them.

Participate in patient treatment planning, particularly in relationship to DBT Skills.

Develop and maintain strong positive relationships with tribal and non-tribal providers and cohorts. Expand provider network.

Present lectures to patients and aftercare resources regarding native plant and DBT Skills…

Organize and facilitate Recovery Coach Academies, Bridge trainings and Washington State Certified Peer Counselor trainings for community members, alumni and referral sources.

Provide support for Recovery Coaches

Clearly communicate to patients, alumni and others the process of becoming a Washington State Certified Peer Counselor and an Agency Affiliated Counselor recognized by DOH.

Provide meaningful support for alumni in times of crises.

Participate in and organize the annual alumni BBQ picnic and other alumni activities.

Maintain current and complex databases related to client assistance, client communication, sobriety rates and grant reporting requirements.

Maintain thorough records of all expenditures for client assistance in databases, receipt book and client files, routes receipts, etc. to the Assistant Directors appropriate.

Assist in the monitoring of grant files, data and related information for compliance.

Build trusting relationships with patients, referents, DOC, Attorneys and tribes to provide appropriate wrap around services.

Schedule visits to providers and alumni; Maintain contact with clients according to NWITC policy and procedure. Maintain NWITC Facebook pages to support alumni and announce events in detail.

Provide patient and alumni referrals to supportive services (behavioral health services, emergency food, clothing, housing, childcare… etc.).

Arrange interviews with Oxford and transitional housing.

Conduct follow-up supportive interaction with alumni for a one-year period post discharge. Provide emergency intervention and services during this one-year period when indicated.

Conduct quality assurance activities and data collection for reporting purposes.


This position has no supervisory responsibilities.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Must not be under current investigation by the Department of Health or found in noncompliance with DOH ethical standards.

Must be a certified or licensed in the following areas:

CCAR Recovery Coach Trainer,

WA State Certified Peer Counselor,

Bridge Trainer recognized by WA State Health Care Authority,

Agency Affiliated Counselor CG (non-temporary license) as per Department of Health.

Trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy sufficient to provide education for patients.


5/6 AA and one year relevant experience and/or High School Diploma or GED and three years of relevant experience.

– BA and/or AA and two years relevant experience and/or High School Diploma or GED and four years of relevant experience.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. Ability to engage and manage a training group toward achieving successful outcomes. Must be able to speak before groups in an engaging manner that maintains attention and work with a team to implement conferences and trainings.

Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.


Must have a current, valid Washington State Driver’s License. The successful applicant must pass a criminal history background. Must be insured by the Tribe’s insurance carrier. Must complete TB test and CPR training. .


The physical demands described 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 regularly required to stand, walk, and use hands to finger, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl, and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit, climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift up to 25 pounds, frequently lift up to 50 pounds, and occasionally lift more than 100 pounds. This position also requires close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing 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 regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles; frequently exposed to wet or humid conditions (non-weather), toxic or caustic chemicals, and vibration; and must occasionally work near moving mechanical parts, work in high, precarious places, and work in outdoor weather conditions, extreme cold (non-weather), extreme heat (non-weather), and run the risk of electrical shock. The noise level of this position is moderate. This position requires the use of cleaning products that may contain caustic chemicals. Employees are required to use vinyl or latex gloves and eye protection when using cleaning products. The noise level and vibration is associated with operating vacuum cleaners, carpet shampooers and motor vehicles.


Knowledge of industry recommended cleaning methods is desirable. The job requires the ability to work independently with limited supervision as well as part of a team. Regular and consistent attendance is a condition of employment. The employee must deal courteously with public, patients, and staff. Applicants who have been a patient of the NWITC programs must have completed behavioral health services for a minimum of six months and should have six months of sustained recovery.


The successful candidate will be required to have a urinalysis for drug and alcohol screening in accordance with the Tribe’s Drug Free Workplace Policy.


Indian Preference will be exercised in the hiring of this position in accordance with the Tribe’s Personnel Policies.


Submit application packets including a resume and cover letter to Contact Human Resources for more information: 360-432-3865.

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