Recovery Specialist

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Springfield, Illinois


Provide crisis assessment, intervention, and support to individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, on-site at our Springfield Crisis Center

Employee will adhere to the Memorial Health System (MHS) Code of Conduct, the MHS Ethics and Corporate Compliance Plan, MBH policies and procedures, as well as performance standards established by the governing board/administration and accrediting bodies.

Shift: Evening

Schedule: 4 PM - 12 AM 

Required Skills

  1. Implements crisis or pre-crisis intervention procedures with potentially suicidal, homicidal, or severely disabled clients and make appropriate referrals to prevent further destabilization.
  2. Provides practical assistance to clients to improve their ability to cope within the community within the least restrictive setting possible (for example, assistance may be needed with transportation, budgeting, locating housing, and/or identifying vocational training opportunities).
  3. Establishes initial data, including client’s presenting problems, mental status, relevant psychiatric, medical and developmental histories to make decisions regarding diagnosis (per DSM-V) and treatment and/or make appropriate referrals to other treatment sources in the community.
  4. Provides required number of hours of services per week, which vary based on work location.
  5. Completes concurrent documentation at time of service with clients.
  6. Establishes and maintains appropriate clinical files, including evaluations, progress notes, treatment objectives, recovery plans, previous treatment records, consent to current treatment and for exchange of information, etc., as required by agency policies.
  7. Provides necessary client information to other agencies or healthcare providers to coordinate services to identified clients.
  8. Completes all mandatory education requirements, including monthly clinical supervision as required by the Illinois Department of Human Services.
  9. Performs other related work as required or requested.

The intent of this job description is to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities performed by incumbents of this job.  Incumbents may be requested to perform tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

Required Experience


  • Bachelor's degree required, preferably in social services field, or meets the “Mental Health Professional” designation as determined by the Department of Human Services.


  • Must have valid IL Driver’s License, clean driving record, reliable transportation, and proof of automobile insurance.
  • Must have or obtain CPR, First Aid, and Personal Safety certifications within 45 days from date of hire.
  • Must have or obtain IM+CANS certification within 30 days of hire.


  • Social service experience is preferred.

Other Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Keyboarding and computer skills as required by position.
  • Ability to participate in agency’s after-hours crisis intervention services may be required, dependent upon work location.
  • Based on population assigned, recovery from mental illness or substance abuse and willingness to disclose this to staff and clients may be required.