Peer-based Recovery Support Services are expanding within addiction treatment and behavioral health care.
The evolving role of Recovery Support Specialists (or Peer Recovery Coach, Peer Specialist, Recovery Mentor, etc.) within clinical settings and community based programs means that complex ethical and legal issues will arise with the performance of this role. Once a person takes on the role of a Recovery Support Specialist, responsibilities are assumed that may not be obvious. Although one may still be a peer to someone in recovery, the role has obligations regarding competence, safety, resources and accountability.
The purpose of this course is to define the responsibilities of the Recovery Support Specialist, to introduce ethical concepts and legal issues, to outline a model of ethical decision making, and to provide possible scenarios where these types of decisions must be made.