Peer Specialist

Summary:
As a Peer Specialist you would provide direct mental health service to clients in an emergency crisis inpatient outpatient community support program and residential settings. You would serve as a role model for clients and educate clients about self-help techniques and self-help group process; teach them effective coping strategies sometimes based on personal experience assist them in clarifying their goals for rehabilitation and recover; and help them to develop support systems. As a Peer Specialist you would perform a range of tasks designed to assist clients in regaining personal control over their lives and over their own recovery processed. You tasks would focus on facilitating the development of self-help skills support systems coping strategies and the increased hope and self-esteem that are central to recovery from psychiatric disability.


MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery process
Teach and support acquisition and utilization of skills needed to facilitate individual recovery
Promote the knowledge of available service options and choices
Promote the utilization of natural resources within the community
Facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self worth
Be supportive of recovering person when in a crisis as part of the treatment team
Act as a role model to persons in recovery to inspire hope share life experiences and lessons learned as a person in recovery
Model/mentor recovery process and demonstrate coping skills
Engage individuals who may be at risk and provide stage appropriate Recovery education and supports e.g. usage of the leveling system and evidence based practices
Assist in the orientation process for persons who are new to receiving mental health and/or co-occurring disorders services
Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and competence and be trauma informed as relevant to the needs of individuals in recovery
Identify recovering persons abilities strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them
Assist individuals to identify their personal interests and goals
Educate and engage individuals in the Wellness Recovery Action Plan process as a means to recognize early triggers and signs of relapse and use of individual coping strategies as an alternative to more restrictive services
Facilitate Double Trouble 12 Step or other self-help groups for individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders
Co-facilitate meetings to nurture a peer support culture e.g. community meetings peer council etc.
Assist individuals in develop and practicing the skills selected and defined on their rehabilitation/treatment plans. This may include offsite coaching sessions while the individual is attending community appointments or participating in activates e.g. social leisure and recreational activities and fostering spiritual connections with faith based organizations and participating in 12 Steps fellowships self-help and mutual support groups.
Support the individual in seeking to connect/reconnect with family friends and significant others and in learning how to improve or eliminate unhealthy relationships.
Participate in all meetings task forces advisory boards designated by regulatory bodies (BHDDH CMS and deemed status accreditation bodies)
22 hours of face to face contact per week

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Be self identified current or former user of mental health or co-occurring services who can relate to other who are not using those services
Have personal experience and knowledge of recovery
Have a high school diploma or GED
Have demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing
Have maintained within the last three (3) years at least 12 month of successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience (not necessarily consecutive) or one year post-secondary education totaling 24 credit hours
Have completed and passed a Peer Specialist certification program approved by the Department

NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
Attend trainings on relevant topics such as substance abuse and psychiatric rehabilitation.
Participate in and complete all CBH mandatory in-services
Keep supervisory informed of all potential problematic situation/concerns/issues
Keep supervisor and team members informed about individual�s strengths accomplishments and obstacles they are experiencing in obtaining their recovery goals
Meet with supervisor at least one hour per week with a minimum of 3 contacts
Mobile staff require 6 hours of supervision before working off site independently

JOB KNOWLEDGE SKILL AND ABILITY:
Be able to establish trusting relationships with their peers
Be able to work independently and as a member of a team
Be able to work evenings and weekends
Have good knowledge of city�s public transit system
Be able to use computer to record services or be willing to learn
May need to be able to climb stairs when visiting individuals in their apartments/residencies

ETHICS:
Uses and accesses information in client�s health information record or about a client only as necessary to actual duties and then only in accordance with access levels assigned to this position by Gateway Healthcare Inc. from time-to-time and in accordance with Gateway Healthcare Inc. policies rules and procedures as adopted by Gateway Healthcare Inc. from time-to-time.  
Comply with agency ethics and codes of conduct in all contacts with clients co-workers and the community
Observe all agency policies and procedures.
Maintain up to date knowledge of agency policy and procedures protocols and guidelines to ensure observance and compliance. 


INTERPERSONAL FACTORS:
Must be able to appreciate the sensitive/private nature and legal status of information about individual clients obtained maintained or used by Gateway Healthcare Inc. and to not access use disclose or request such information about a client unless necessary to the performance of his/her job. 

PHYSICAL/ENVIRONMENTAL DEMANDS:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the main duties and responsibilities of this job. Other duties with different demands may also be assigned by the employee's supervisor. Gateway complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and analogous state statutes. Therefore to the extent required by law Gateway will make reasonable accommodations to allow qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions duties and responsibilities of their positions. Employees and applicants should discuss requests for reasonable accommodations with Human Resources at any time.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger handle or feel objects office equipment or controls and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to walk sit reach with hands and arms and climb. The employee is occasionally required to stand; stoop kneel crouch or crawl; and taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 35 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision distance vision peripheral vision depth perception and the abilities to adjust focus. The employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee must be able to talk and hear.   
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Lifespan is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race color religion sex national origin age ethnicity sexual orientation ancestry genetics gender identity or expression disability protected veteran or marital status.   Lifespan is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 

Location: Gateway Healthcare Inc. USA:RI:Pawtucket

Work Type: Full Time

Shift: 1

Union: Non-Union

Work Schedule:  M-F 8:00-4:30