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TN Recovery Navigator (Knoxville area)



Location: (Knoxville area) 

SUMMARY: Connect overdose patients in emergency departments to services in the behavioral healthcare system for Tennesseans living with substance abuse disorders by utilizing a team based approach. 

 Include the following: 

  • Meeting personally in emergency rooms with patients who have recently overdosed.
  • Referring patients to treatment and recovery support services based on their interest.
  • Increasing access to treatment and recovery support programs for individuals in Emergency Rooms who present with substance abuse related issues.
  • Building and maintaining relationships with employees and leadership teams at designated hospitals. (may include local healthcare facilities including health departments and clinics).
  • Building and enhancing community based resources including relationships with faith based organizations in partnership with current Project Lifeline.
  • When able, supporting community forums facilitated by current Project Lifeline to reduce stigma associated with addiction issues.
  • When able, coordinating with community partners to increase the availability of evidenced-based recovery programs such as, but not limited to, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
  • Attending required trainings and organization meetings.
  • Maintaining or becoming certified as Peer Recovery Specialist with the TN Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.
  • Submitting all required data components through state of TN reporting platform.
  • Ensuring compliance with all HIPPA regulations according to Cherokee Health Systems policy and procedure. 
  • Other related duties as assigned.


Education & Experience

  • Education:   High school diploma or equivalent required. Four-year college degree or equivalent experience preferred in health education, social work, and/or behavioral-health related field. 
  • Requirements/Eligibility:   Strong communications skills required. Must possess or be in active pursuit of a Certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) Certification. Willing to travel regionally. Must possess a valid TN driver license and proof of insurance.
  • Computer Skills: To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of the following types of software: Word processing, Spreadsheet, and Database software.  Must be able to utilize EMR systems.

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