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 proce
Provide Education to Support Individual Growth and Further Systems Advocacy
Provides education on rights, responsibilities, processes, and procedures in the mental health system 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 and suggestions for quality assurance.
Partners with agencies and community groups to provide county-wide skill building and training activities.