The Albany County Dual Recovery Specialist works in the community in a variety of ways:
Assist in the development of Self-Help resources
- Links consumers with self-help and other natural supports and resources.
- Acts as a central resource and referral for self-help groups in Albany County.
- Maintains and circulates self-help group resource lists.
- Trains people to facilitate dual recovery and other self-help groups.
- Provides technical assistance and support to facilitators during training process.
Provide Education to Support Individual Growth and Further Systems Advocacy
- Provides education on rights, responsibilities, processes, and procedures in the mental health and other community systems in which people may be engaged.
- Be a model and provide technical assistance to help people take an active role in the decision-making process in their lives.
- Works actively to create a safe complaint-friendly process for consumers. By knowing and having credibility with both consumers and service providers, the Dual Recovery Specialist can be most helpful in resolving complaints in their early stages.
- Trains people on how to participate effectively on boards and committees.
Education and Collaboration with Community Service Providers
- Educates service providers on self-help and how to integrate it with services they provide
- Provides constructive feedback to service providers, i.e. identifying gaps in system, suggestions for quality assurance
- Partners with agencies and community groups to provide county-wide skill building and training activities