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Peer Recovery Specialist I, Certified

Recruitment #23-000213-0027





Howard County Health Department
8930 Stanford Blvd.
Columbia, MD 21045


This position is for the purpose of guiding, supporting, and assisting individuals and families on the recovery continuum. This position learns to facilitate the planning and implementation of recovery support activities at the Howard County Health Department, with the primary function of providing recovery support services within Howard County Public School System (HCPSS). This position also may also support the provision of recovery support services at the Howard County Wellness and Recovery Center (On Our Own, Howard County), and at other locations such as the Syringe Services Program (SSP), and the Howard County Detention Center, as needed. Key tasks this positions learns include determining recovery support needs and referring individuals and families to the appropriate community resources, beyond the scope of services.

This is a peer to peer support position. The candidate should be in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs for a minimum of 2 years.

Provide peer recovery support services to clients (adults and youth) with substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and/or co-occurring disorders to begin and maintain a path to recovery. Recovery support activities will be at the Howard County Health Department, the Howard County General Hospital and Howard County Public School System as well as other potential settings such as the Howard County Detention Center, Howard County Wellness and Recovery Center/O.O.O., and other outreach locations.

The Peer Recovery Specialist will:
  • Learn to provide peer recovery support services to clients diagnosed with or identifying as having substance use disorders, mental health disorders, and /or co-occurring disorders.
  • Learn to advocate for clients by speaking on personal experiences regarding substance use, mental health disorders or co-occurring experiences.
  • Learn to meet with clinical staff and other treatment team members to support clients by providing input into developing a recovery plan and determining the steps to reduce barriers to recovery and their recovery goals.
  • Learn to discuss the recovery plan with clients in recovery and their families.
  • Learn to determine recovery support needs and refer individuals and families to the appropriate community resources.
  • Learn to complete and submit the required forms, reports and, and data entry required by the Health Department and partner agencies, and the Behavioral Health Administration.

10% Learns to act as a liaison between individuals and families and appropriate community resources within the County.

15% Learns to complete and submit required forms, reports, and data entry required by the agency/Behavioral Health Administration to document individual accomplishments, growth and recovery progress.


Education:   Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate.

Experience:  None.


Desired qualifications:
  • Experience with knowledge of Harm Reduction Principals and Practice
  • Experience linking and referring individuals to behavioral health resources in Howard County
  • Experience working with Spreadsheets, Data Tracking and Reporting


1. Candidates for positions in this classification must possess a current certification as a Peer Recovery Specialist within 24 months from date of hire from the Maryland Addictions Professional Certification Board (MAPCB) located at 10807 Falls Rd., #1376, Brooklandville, MD 21022.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Employees in this classification who fail to obtain the required certification by the end of 24 months of continuous employment with the hiring department shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.
2. Applicants for this classification must be in a state of recovery for 2 years from a substance use, mental health or co-occurring disorder before they can be qualified to be hired as a Peer Recovery Specialist, Certified.
3. Employees in this classification must complete any additional training that is deemed necessary and appropriate maintain required certification.
4. Employees in this classification are subject to substance abuse testing, in accordance with Code of Maryland Regulation 17.04.09, Testing for Illegal Use of Drugs.  


Applicants who meet the minimum (and selective) qualifications will be included in further evaluation. The evaluation may be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position. Therefore, it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application. Please report all related education, experience, dates and hours of work. Clearly indicate your college degree and major on your application, if applicable. For education obtained outside the U.S., any job offer will be contingent on the candidate providing an evaluation for equivalency by a foreign credential evaluation service prior to starting employment (and may be requested prior to interview). 

Complete applications must be submitted by the closing date. Information submitted after this date will not be added. 

Incorrect application forms will not be accepted. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed application.

Candidates may remain on the certified eligible list for a period of at least one year. The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.



Online applications are highly recommended. However, if you are unable to apply online, the paper application (and supplemental questionnaire) may be submitted to MDH, Recruitment and Selection Division, 201 W. Preston St., Room 114-B, Baltimore, MD 21201. Paper application materials must be received by 5 pm, close of business, on the closing date for the recruitment, no postmarks will be accepted.

If additional information is required, the preferred method is to upload.  If you are unable to upload, please fax the requested information to 410-333-5689. Only additional materials that are required will be accepted for this recruitment. All additional information must be received by the closing date and time.

For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the MDH Recruitment and Selection Division at 410-767-1251.

If you are having difficulty with your user account or have general questions about the online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850 or

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling: 410-767-1251 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country.

People with disabilities and bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruitment, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State's diversity.

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