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St. Luke's University Health Network Recovery Specialist - Substance Use Disorders in Sellersville, Pennsylvania

St. Luke's is proud of the skills, experience and compassion of its employees. The employees of St. Luke's are our most valuable asset! Individually and together, our employees are dedicated to satisfying the mission of our organization which is an unwavering commitment to excellence as we care for the sick and injured; educate physicians, nurses and other health care providers; and improve access to care in the communities we serve, regardless of a patient's ability to pay for health care.

The Recovery Specialist has experience with behavioral health services and is willing to use and share their lived experience and first-hand knowledge to hospital patients and their family members to provide expertise around the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by clients/families to have a recovery oriented and satisfying life. They engage to create warm hand offs between acute inpatient treatment and other levels of care to create rapid access to drug and alcohol or mental health services to improve adherence to treatment recommendations. The Recovery Specialist helps the patient and family identify opportunities from a strength-based approach about enhancing life domain needs. The Recovery Specialist will be based primarily at Doylestown Health for the work location.


  • Engage in brief relationship building and active listening with clients receiving treatment in emergency room and medical inpatient settings who have a substance use disorder.

  • Utilize best practices such as motivational interviewing, and stages of change to provide supportive coaching and encouragement to clients contemplating or actively seeking help with substance use treatment and recovery. Ensuring that all interactions are strength-based, recovery oriented and understanding of multiple pathways and definitions of recovery.

  • Substance use screening, assessment, brief intervention, and referral to treatment and/or other applicable community resources and services. Interactions can include in person face-to-face, telephonic and telehealth interventions.

  • Use ASAM or similar criteria to determine most appropriate treatment level based on clinical presentation of the patient. Coordinate with insurance company to complete pre-certification as appropriate.

  • Build in depth understanding of MAT options, including methadone, naltrexone, and buprenorphine and ability to objectivity counsel patients on MAT.

  • Outreach, engage, and provide education to family members, other natural supports, and other professionals regarding substance use disorders and available programs/resources.

  • Engage in team-based care and work cooperatively with other medical professionals and county-wide personnel involved in the Warm Handoff program.

  • Complete appropriate documentation, including to document each service-related contact in case note according to program standards. As well as logging each interaction into tracking spreadsheet(s). Updating outcomes of cases as appropriate and write narrative outcomes for success stories.

  • Engage in trainings and education sessions regarding the warm handoff process to medical professionals, and other stakeholders to ensure that mutual benefit of program is well understood, to ensure program utilization.

  • Coordinate safe transportation for patients to have door-to-door treatment placement.

  • Maintain a valid driver’s license and satisfactory driving record in accordance with St. Luke’s policy.


Sitting for up to 2 hours per day, 1 hour at a time. Standing for up to 10 hour per day, 8 hours at a time. Walk for 6 hours per day, 10 minutes at a time. Consistently lift, carry, and push objects up to 10 lbs. Occasionally lift, carry, and push objects up to 75 lbs. Transport patients weighing up to 250 lbs. via wheelchair, bed and/or stretcher. Frequently stoop and bend. Frequently reach above shoulder level. Must be able to perceive attributes of an object through touch. Must be able to hear as it relates to normal conversation, and high and low frequencies. Must be able to see as it relates to general, near, far, color, and peripheral vision.


  • Must be a Certified Recovery Specialist (CRS) or Certified Family Recovery Specialist (CFRS), or eligible to earn the CRS or CFRS certification within 1 year of hire or have a Bachelor's degree.


  • Must have a valid driver's license with good driving record in accordance with St. Luke's policy.


  • Understanding of principles of mental illness and recovery.

  • Understanding of healthcare privacy laws, including HIPAA, and 42 CFR. Ensuring that documentation/releases of information are completed for coordination of care when appropriate. Understanding of informed consent, and voluntary participation in invention and treatment.

  • Understanding of Pennsylvania mental health laws and ability to triage patients who are exhibiting emergent mental health symptoms to a crisis center.

  • Understanding of drug and alcohol acuity (emergent, urgent, routine) and the requirements for screening and treatment placement.

  • Understanding of specialty programs/program enhancements such as Buprenorphine Induction, Naloxone Pilot Program, Family Connect, etc.

HOURS: Full-Time, 40 hours/week, 1st Shift

Please complete your application using your full legal name and current home address. Be sure to include employment history for the past seven (7) years, including your present employer. Additionally, you are encouraged to upload a current resume, including all work history, education, and/or certifications and licenses, if applicable. It is highly recommended that you create a profile at the conclusion of submitting your first application. Thank you for your interest in St. Luke's!!

St. Luke's University Health Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer. (http://www.slhn.org/EOE)

Founded in 1872, St. Luke’s University Health Network (http://www.slhn.org/) (SLUHN) is a fully integrated, regional, non-profit network of more than 20,000 employees providing services at 15 campuses and 300+ outpatient sites. With annual net revenue of $3.5 billion, the Network’s service area includes 11 counties in two states: Lehigh, Northampton, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Montgomery, Monroe, Schuylkill and Luzerne counties in Pennsylvania and Warren and Hunterdon counties in New Jersey. St. Luke’s hospitals operate the largest network of trauma centers in Pennsylvania, with the Bethlehem Campus being home to St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital.

SLUHN is the only Lehigh Valley-based health care system to earn Medicare’s five-star ratings (the highest) for quality, efficiency and patient satisfaction. It is both a Leapfrog Group and Healthgrades Top Hospital and a Newsweek World’s Best Hospital. The Network’s flagship University Hospital has earned the 100 Top Major Teaching Hospital designation from Fortune/Merative 11 times total and eight years in a row, including in 2023 when it was identified as THE #4 TEACHING HOSPITAL IN THE COUNTRY. In 2021, St. Luke’s was identified as one of the 15 Top Health Systems nationally.

SLUHN has been named a Top Workplaces 2023 by the Morning Call. In addition, St. Luke’s has been named a Top Workplace nationally, in the Philadelphia region, and in New Jersey. St. Luke’s is the ONLY healthcare institution in Pennsylvania and the third-highest ranked healthcare entity in the nation to be deemed a Top Workplace in 2023. In 2023, St. Luke’s was named one of America’s Best Employers for Women by Forbes. St. Luke’s was the only employer in the Lehigh Valley to be named to the list and was one of only two healthcare employers in Pennsylvania to receive the designation. St. Luke’s University Health Network is the top-ranked Lehigh Valley-based employer in Forbes Magazine’s ranking of employers in Pennsylvania.

Learn More Here. (http://www.slhn.org/About)