Post Treatment Services
Recovery Companion and Supervisory Team Standards of Care
PTS Recovery Companions and Case Supervisors participate in ongoing self-care practices and continuing training and education activities to keep current in the field. Through this training and education they have knowledge of chemical and process addictions, and community-based resources necessary to facilitate client recovery, engagement, and retention. This ongoing training refines their skills particularly in setting and maintaining professional boundaries and limits, conveying compassion and concern for individuals on a consistent basis, and providing sensitive care with regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, culture and religious beliefs. They are proficient at client advocacy that includes advocating for and practicing healthy behaviors and lifestyle: nutrition; exercise; sleep; stress management and emotional intelligence for client and for self.
Through supervision and training our companions are able to differentiate between issues that are routine and those requiring escalation to a higher level of care. They function as a member of a multidisciplinary team and can discuss care with physicians, mental health professionals, nurses and other care team professionals. Companions identify, refer and facilitate contact with community resources, and refer clients to appropriate health care professionals when necessary.
Recovery companions support client compliance with treatment and aftercare goals, assist clients in prioritizing and summarizing client goals, and assist clients in acquiring appropriate explanation of medical documentation and treatment plans, review, create or update client reintegration care plan and options. They do this through the use of motivational techniques, by providing life skills training and basic health, recovery, and life skills education, knowledge of conflict resolution, stress management techniques, and effective communication skills. They communicate and practice in a professional and ethical manner. Companions and supervisors in collaboration assess the nature of the work events clients will be attending, dress appropriately and professionally, and support clients in reintegrating into various family, work, living situations, and community peer-based support systems. They will have knowledge of the travel and transport procedures and documentation necessary to support a client through every step of his or her journey.