In August 2010, the Mercer County Behavioral Health Commission implemented a Drug/Alcohol Recovery Specialist Program. Recovery Specialist services are provided by a Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) Drug and Alcohol Recovery Specialist which involves 54 hours of training as well as a certification exam. Recovery Specialist services are provided to individuals with addiction issues or co-occurring mental health and addiction issues in need of outreach, mentoring, and peer support in all stages of the recovery process.
To be eligible for Recovery Specialist Services, an individual must consent to the service and meet all the following criteria:
Recovery Specialist services are delivered by individuals with experience in recovery and addiction. Services are community-based delivered in a variety of settings including the consumer’s home, community, treatment provider locations, etc. Recovery Specialist services are voluntary in nature and must be agreed upon by the consumer. Service planning and goals are consumer driven.
Recovery Specialist Services are intended to support the individual’s recovery through the following activities:
Expected program outcomes are individualized based on specific participants needs and are identified in their Recovery Plan. Other outcomes for the program will be first to assist these individuals in achieving and maintaining stability in their recovery and sobriety. Second, the program will support and enhance traditional drug and alcohol treatment and case management services and promote participation in recovery oriented activities. And lastly, the program will attempt to reduce the need of intensive and expensive levels of treatment such as residential rehabilitation programs.