The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) provides peer support services, serves as a consumer advocate, provides consumers with written and experiential information and resources to promote recovery. The CPS will perform a wide range of tasks which will assist consumers in regaining control over their own lives and over their recovery process.
This position also encompasses a Housing Stabilization Provider responsibility; this responsibility is intended to prevent and respond to housing instability, empower individuals to develop the skills to maintain their housing, and ensure individuals have the necessary array of healthcare and social services in place to support independence and stability. They will coordinate with multi-disciplinary Integrated Health Home treatment teams to identify, support, assess and address consumer’s barriers to achieving goals and objectives.
As a member of the Peer Specialist team, the Peer Specialist will mentor and provide Recovery based coaching for SPMI clients to assist the client in pursuing his/her individual health and wellness journey.
Provides individualized health coaching to clients in obtaining their health objectives.
Support in managing their mental and physical health.
Supports clients in learning how to make good choices for themselves.
Creates and adapts wellness objectives to overcome barriers to good mental and physical health based on needs of, and with input from, clients.
Co-facilitates groups/classes to support improved health outcomes for SPMI clients
Works closely with Integrated Health Home (IHH) teams to engage clients in appropriate services and resources and assist with coordination of care.
Promotes consumer engagement in therapy with clinicians, engagement with psychiatric appointments, compliance with the healthcare registry, involvement and engagement with wellness services and engagement with primary care.
Completes all tracking and reporting requirements for outcomes and evaluation
Maintains appropriate professional standards and provides appropriate follow-up for consumers.
Provides self-help recovery services (WRAP, Pathways to Recovery) and other peer wellness services
Coordinates with IHH teams at the Center to expand the reach of wellness/health focused peer specialist services.
The Housing stabilization responsibility has required monthly target measures with outreach and documentation. This position works collaboratively with the housing manage/department, along with clinical teams and billing department for oversight/monitoring.
Other duties may be assigned.
Associates Degree required.
Life experience which can be shared with other consumers.
Someone who views consumer needs with a high priority and who would be a strong advocate for them with other treatment providers.
Knowledge and experience in accessing community resources (such as; housing, medical, financial…). Someone who espouses a strong desire to help others.
Experience in Behavioral and/or medical health preferred. Computer experience preferred.
Knowledge of recovery-based concepts.
Use of personal vehicles not required in this position however would be beneficial. If utilized must have valid driver’s license and insured auto.
Peer Specialist Certification (TPC will help obtain).
Good communication skills. Good organizational skills. Personal resilience.
Exhibits enthusiasm, respect, adaptability, flexibility, and spirit of cooperation in the work environment
Demonstrates ways to become empowered and self-responsible.
Demonstrates ability to work with consumers with diverse backgrounds.
Schedule: Full Time, Days, M-F, 8a-4:30p
Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; use hands to handle, or feel objects, or controls; talk or hear; and smell. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Work Environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions and is regularly exposed to fumes or airborne particles. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions.