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Recovery Assistant at Public Health Management Corporation

Recovery Assistant

Public Health Management Corporation Philadelphia, PA Part Time
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WestHaven is a 16 bed long-term structured residence for adults with serious mental illness. The Recovery Assistants assist residents in developing and sustaining the internal and external supports they need to live independently in the community while ensuring a safe and therapeutic milieu.


  • Foster a sense of hope and trust through relationship building experiences offered in an environment of encouragement, compassion, and open communication.
  • Assist residents in identifying and developing written recovery goals that will support their transition into independent community living.
  • Provide residents support in reaching their goals by offering skill building techniques, coaching, role modeling and emotional support both individually and in groups with their peers in such areas as: maintaining personal hygiene, maintaining a household, travel training, budgeting, socializing, using resources, illness management, pre education and vocational support, problem solving, etc.
  • Actively participate with residents in residential and community activities including taking residents to faith-based activities of their choosing.
  • Complete and maintain daily, weekly, and monthly documentation of progress and challenges the residents have in achieving their goals.
  • Work with the treatment team to identify opportunities for community integration and activities.
  • Report & document facility maintenance issues.
  • Assist residents with doing laundry as necessary and appropriate.
  • Complete incident reports for all reportable incidents.
  • Maintain physical condition of the unit: empty trashcans as needed, keep all areas clear of papers and food, ensure that bathrooms are in good hygienic condition
  • Perform one-to-one duty as needed.
  • Follow assignment sheet for breaks, rounds, special assignments, etc.
  • Adhere to established policies and procedures including professional image and ethical guidelines.
  • Attend all mandatory in-service trainings.
  • Attend 85% of staff meetings and documents 100% review of minutes.
  • Attends a minimum of 20 hours of CEUs and/or take one advanced education course in a health-related field. Education time includes in-services and workshops.
  • Maintain annual credentialing requirements including: physical, TB and Hepatitis screening.
  • Demonstrate appropriate therapeutic interventions for people with serious mental illness.
  • Communicate pertinent information between shifts.
  • Participate in weekly supervision.
  • De-escalate agitated individuals.
  • Adapt interventions based on sensitivity to ethnical, cultural, economic, and gender-specific issues.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of psychological and psychosocial factors related to severe mental health issues.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and willingness to incorporate strength based and recovery oriented techniques into client care.

Shift-Specific Responsibilities: The following responsibilities are associated with the indicated shift and are assigned to all RAs working on that shift.

Day Shift:

  • Begin wake-up call promptly at 8am (later on weekends)
  • Assist specified residents with personal hygiene and dressing
  • Participate in daily Community Meeting and groups
  • Participate in monthly Treatment Planning and meetings with Case Manager
  • Escort residents on medical appointments, shopping/grooming appointments, and outings
  • Facilitate groups as assigned or necessary
  • Ensure that linens are properly stocked
  • Meet with assigned primary residents daily
  • Attend daily Round Up and Report sessions
  • Perform daily environmental rounds
  • Assist with kitchen duty
  • Complete Chore List weekly

Evening Shift:

  • Attend daily Report sessions
  • Assist with kitchen duty
  • Participate in daily Community Meeting, groups, and treatment planning
  • Primary Counselors meet with assigned residents
  • Participate in monthly Recovery Planning and meetings with Case Manager
  • Escort residents on medical appointments, shopping/grooming appointments, and outings
  • Facilitate groups as assigned or necessary
  • Assist residents with preparation or the next day (i.e. picking out clothes, prep for next day appointments, trips, visits, etc.)
  • Engage in teaching residents to use public transportation

Overnight Shift:

  • Copy and file clinical and non- clinical documents
  • Maintain and purge active non-medical charts
  • Maintain records room
  • Tally and data enter billable services
  • Complete all assigned cleaning/maintenance chores, which include, but not limited to: Clean staff and client refrigerator, check refrigerator temperature is within normal limits, clean staff microwave, and maintain client refrigerator log, check bathroom water temperatures
  • Maintain cleanliness of laundry room and washer/dryer and clean and fold client clothes as necessary
  • Conduct hourly or as needed resident sleep checks
  • Complete the full overnight Maintenance Report chores and corresponding paperwork (nightly)


  • CPR certified.
  • Computer literate.
  • Licensed driver in good standing preferred.

Education Requirement: 

  • Has completed 12 semester hours of college training in a mental health related field or;
  • A High School Diploma or Equivalent and a minimum of 6-months of formal training in mental health or a related field.


  • Commensurate with education and experience

FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt

  • This position is classified as salaried non-exempt in accordance to FLSA standards.

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