Peer Recovery Coach - Emergency Department - Henry Ford Detroit Hosptial - Full Time Rotating Shift

Behavioral Health
1912771 Requisition #


The Peer Recovery Coach provides non-clinical services intended to aid patients in establishing recovery from high risk of dependent alcohol and drug use problems. The Peer Recovery Coach will work as part of the Emergency Department team to provide peer support and motivation to encourage patients who are seeking treatment for alcohol or drug dependency and addiction issues. The Peer Recovery Coach will assist in completing referrals to treatment services and developing service plans to promote successful linkage to treatment services. Services will be provided in the Emergency Department with appropriate follow-up.


1. Conducts brief interventions to patients that screen positive for alcohol and/or drug use.
2. Identifies patient’s history of drug/alcohol use, treatment history, motivation to change behavior and other needs for community support services.
3. Identifies patient’s readiness to change and use motivational interviewing techniques and other communication skills to support a plan for reducing or eliminating harmful drug and/or alcohol use.
4. Works with ED staff and social worker to identify community support services.
5. Assist patient and family with understanding how to utilize these community services.
6. Assists patients in linking to community support services and substance treatment services including securing appointment and transportation.
7. Acts as a peer support throughout the hospitalization and post-discharge, as appropriate to facilitate attainment of goals.
8. Provides family members with recovery support materials.
9. Provides telephone outreach to patients to assist with linkages and continued peer support.
10. Models coping techniques and self-help strategies
11. Participates in trainings to continually gain new skills.
12. Attends required staff and other meetings.
13. Completes required documentation and other reports.
14. Acts as a resource to other clinical team members on recovery support.
15. Consults with nursing staff, social work as requested, even if patient does not screen positive.
16. Notifies patient’s nurse before visiting the patient.
17. Telephones treatment providers to verify patient showed up for appointment; and follow-up by telephone with any patient that misses an appointment.


  • High school diploma or G.E.D. required.
  • Basic computer skills required. Must be able to read, interpret documents and write routine reports.
  • Three (3) years of personal recovery and sustained abstinence from alcohol and/or drug use required.
  • Must possess excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with detailed information.
  • Strong interpersonal skills in order to effectively communicate with patients and employees.
  • Must have a willingness to learn and acquire new skills 


       Henry Ford Health System, one of the largest and most comprehensive integrated U.S. health

       care systems, is a national leader in clinical care, research and education.  The system includes

       the 1,200-member Henry Ford Medical Group, five hospitals, Health Alliance Plan (a health

       insurance and wellness company), Henry Ford Physician Network, a 150-site ambulatory

       network and many other health-related entities throughout southeast Michigan, providing a

       full continuum of care.  In 2015, Henry Ford provided $299 million in uncompensated care.

       The health system also is a major economic driver in Michigan and employs more than 24,600

       employees.  Henry Ford is a 2011Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient.  The

       health system is led by President and CEO Wright Lassiter III.  To learn more, visit


       Whether it's offering a new medical option, helping you make healthier lifestyle choices or

       making the employee enrollment selection experience easier, it's all about choice.  Henry

       Ford Health System has a new approach for its employee benefits program - My Choice

       Rewards.  My Choice Rewards is a program as diverse as the people it serves.  There are

       dozens of options for all of our employees including compensation, benefits, work/life balance

       and learning - options that enhance your career and add value to your personal life.  As an

       employee you are provided access to Retirement Programs, an Employee Assistance Program

       (Henry Ford Enhanced), Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Time Off, Employee Health and Wellness,                 and a whole host of other benefits and services.  Employee's classified as contingent status are not         eligible for benefits.    

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        committed to the hiring, advancement and fair treatment of all individuals without regard to

        race, color, creed, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, size, height,

        weight, marital status, family status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and genetic information,

        or any other protected status in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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