Recovery Support Worker

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A recovery support worker is someone who works as part of a team, which provides mental health services and focuses directly on the needs of services users, working across boundaries of care, organization and role. They will provide Support, give Time to the service user, and thus promote their Recovery.

STR workers play a key part in the coordination of care. They undertake a range of tasks to:

  • promote independent living
  • provide companionship and friendship
  • provide regular and practical support
  • provide support with daily living
  • facilitate people living ordinary lives
  • help the service user to gain access to resources
  • provide information on health promotion
  • help to identify early signs of relapse
  • support service users with involvement/participation with their treatment

STR workers may be found in a variety of service settings, including:

  • acute service care
  • community settings, such as:
    • community Mental Health Teams
    • assertive Outreach Teams
    • crisis resolution/home treatment teams
    • early intervention teams
    • day care centers
  • primary care teams
  • tertiary services such as A&E
  • services provided by the private and voluntary sectors
  • housing, employment and befriending schemes
Career Outlook: 
Career Outlook data applies to the entire United States, not just New Hampshire.
Number of Jobs 2010: 
202
Number of Projected Jobs 2020: 
237
Jobs Percentage Change: 
17.2%
Total Annual Openings: 
66
June 2013 Entry Level Wage: 
$11.00
June 2013 Mean Wage: 
$15.22
June 2013 Experienced Wage: 
$17.33
Salary Range: 
$20,000 - $40,000
Education Requirements: 
Programs: 
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

Online Options: 
Partial
Time to Complete: 
2 years

Education Levels:

Online Options: 
Partial
License and Certification Requirements: 
Coding Certification Required: 
Yes
Coding License Required: 
No
Certification(s) Required: 
Yes
List of Required Certifications: 
Certified Recovery Support Worker
Career Categories: 

Types of Work:

Workplace Environment: 
Community-Based Setting or Patients' Homes
Long-Term Care Facility
Types of Interaction: 
Integrated Team Member