Job Description

Job Title: Peer Navigator
Job ID: 720575
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, daylight hours
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: COE-OUD
Location: 3501 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15213

Description

Purpose:
Peer Navigators are individuals with lived experience who provide non-clinical support as a fully integrated treatment team member and educator for staff. Peer Navigators are role models of recovery values and principles by helping to identify and remove barriers and triggers to treatment for individuals receiving services from inpatient or outpatient programs. The Peer Navigator independently provides consumers linkage to community resources as recommended by the medical team.

Responsibilities:
  • Able to function autonomously and analyze and solve moderately complicated problems.
  • Consistently instills hope by keeping a positive outlook in work and in attitude, and is willing to share experience as a person in recovery.
  • Demonstrates Knowledge of Engagement Strategies such as Motivational Interviewing Techniques and Harm Reduction.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and application of Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Personal Medicine, and Mental Health Advanced Directives documents. Assist individuals to access and to coordinate appropriate drug and alcohol and related services, including 12-step programs, residential treatment programs, and inpatient programs.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with community based treatment agencies and human service providers.
  • Educate consumers and other staff members about your role as a peer support.
  • Maintain all required paperwork and documentation in a timely manner, as directed by Supervisor.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries, as described in peer orientation trainings.
  • Provide peer services as a non-clinical provider and seek clinical staff for interventions as necessary, reporting pertinent patient information to the appropriate clinical staff
  • Provide peer support services to patients in the hospital or community settings.
  • Serves as recovery advocate by providing educational information and helping consumer to make informed choices.
  • Work with Consumers individually to address recovery goals, including discharge planning based on the needs and goals of the consumer.
  • Works within the context of the interdisciplinary treatment team and/or as a member of an identified program/module and as such is expected to attend staffing, consultations and case conferences.

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent required. 
  • Certified Peer Specialist or Certified Recovery Specialist certification is preferred. 
  • Minimum of two (2) years of sobriety/recovery is required.  
  • College-level coursework in a human service field preferred.  
  • Associate's or Bachelor's degree in human service field preferred. 
  • Have lived experience and a self-disclosed primary mental health diagnosis or having experienced the recovery process, and willing to share drug and alcohol experiences to the benefit of consumers served. 
  • Basic understanding of mental health and co-occurring disorder conditions or substance use that interfere with the activities of daily living and mental health wellness. 
  • Progressed in own recovery and have basic understanding of the recovery principles: Hope, Personal Responsibility, Empowerment Skills, Self-Advocacy, Educational Opportunities, and the importance of using personal and community Supports. 
  • Able to articulate to consumers, families, and to interested stakeholders that peer support is a non-clinical service to promote recovery wellness.
  • Entry-level competency using a computer, including email use and Microsoft Word.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management
  • Driver's License

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $13.71 to $21.49

Union Position: No

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