Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist


START DATE: 7/24/2023

APPLICATION DEADLINE: 5/19/2023 at 12pm



Under general supervision, the Certified Peer Recovery Support Specialist engages and encourages clients in or seeking recovery from mental health and/or substance use disorders through the use of one-on-one, within the family, or group settings. The CPRSS provides clients with a sense of community and belonging, supportive relationships, and valued roles, and other duties in support of a human services program; and performs related work as required.


One year of experience performing peer recovery support in a human services setting, which includes providing direct client services certification as a peer recovery support specialist is required.


Certification as a peer recovery support specialist in Nevada is required.

A valid driver’s license is required at the time of appointment.




This class is the journey level of the class series and is distinguished from other positions as experiential knowledge and specialized training is required to provide services to clients. Certain positions allocated to this classification may require bilingual skills. Bilingual positions will be responsible for translating both orally and in writing.

EXAMPLES OF DUTIES (The following is used as a partial description and is not restrictive as to duties required.)

  • Assist parents with accessing services and overcoming barriers to recovery, such as housing, social service or health benefits, child care, education, and employment.
  • Provide recovery support to parents and caregivers, including collaborating on recovery plans.
  • Attend collaborative and committee meetings, including court staffings and sessions, family team decision making meetings, and other case meetings to speak on behalf of the family.
  • Offer parents assistance navigating the child welfare system.
  • Arrange and accompany or transport parents to the first substance use disorder assessment, doctor appointments, counseling sessions, schools, community agencies, foster care placements and family visitations as required, in support of client needs and in accordance with case plans.
  • Help to develop recovery capital (the internal and external resources necessary to begin and maintain recovery).
  • Visit families in the home or community to provide support.
  • Monitor parents’ treatment attendance and participation in self-help groups.
  • Serve as a liaison between substance use treatment, child welfare, and the court.
  • Help child welfare and court professionals understand substance use disorders, treatment, and the recovery process.
  • Serve as an advocate and speak on the parent’s behalf.
  • Interview clients to obtain financial information, medical history, establish client needs, determine program eligibility, explain program regulations and procedures, and identify potential eligibility for other community services.
  • Provide educational materials and review content of materials with clients on parenting skills, nutrition and meal preparation, home management, money management, child development, breastfeeding, personal hygiene, and general health practices to promote the wellbeing of families.
  • Monitor visits between children and parents and / or other relatives; observe and record interactions between family members; forward information to appropriate staff.
  • Identify high risk and emergency situations; make referrals to appropriate agency staff when neglect, abuse, or failure to thrive is suspected; in accordance with established guidelines and confidentiality requirements, and release client’s information to other agencies as required.
  • Assist clients with completing a variety of forms and applications for various services; identify errors and discrepancies in information provided by patients and other agencies; verify data to resolve discrepancies.
  • May also perform a variety of clerical duties including, but not limited to, data entry to update case files, filing, answering phones, compiling data and submitting statistical reports; drafts and formats educational materials for distribution to clients.


Full Performance (These may be acquired on the job and are needed to perform the work assigned.)

Knowledge of:

Departmental policies and procedures. Laws, rules, and regulations governing program. Social service agencies and local community resources. Computer software specific to the operation.

Entry Level (Applicants will be screened for possession of these through written, oral, performance, or other evaluation methods.)

Knowledge of:

  • Basic child development, parenting skills, and human behavior. Basic mathematics required to compute eligibility.
  • Recovery and other supportive resources in the community.
  • Modern office practices and procedures including telephone techniques, filing, scheduling appointments, preparation of correspondence, reports and forms, and compiling data and completion of statistical reports.
  • The operation of a personal computer and use of word processing software.

Ability to:

  • Remain certified as a peer recovery support specialist in Nevada.
  • Drive a county vehicle.
  • Communicate clearly, both orally and in writing.
  • Deal with individuals from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Deal with stressful situations and hostile clients.
  • Interpret and apply applicable laws, regulations, and departmental policies. Plan and organize work.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with clients, staff, and members of the community.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information encountered in the course of work.
  • Ability to control personal bias.


Must meet the standards set forth in NRS 432B.198  Employment with agency which provides child welfare services: Background investigation required; periodic additional investigations.

COMPENSATION: $26 hourly plus Benefits