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Peer Specialist – New Connections Team

Description

Peer Specialists are individuals with a personal lived experience of Mental health or a Substance use disorder who provide non-clinical support as a fully integrated treatment team member and educator for staff. Peer Specialists are role models of recovery values and principles. Peer specialists help others to identify and understand the barriers to treatment and recovery, situations that lead to crisis, as well as the strengths and personal wellness tolls needed for individual recovery growth and maintenance for individuals receiving services from inpatient or outpatient programs.
 
The New Connections team is a brand new initiative started in 2021, designed to increase access to behavioral health care for individuals residing in skilled nursing facilities as well as those in the community who are at risk for skilled nursing facility placement.  For these individuals, we provide individual/family therapy, peer support, medication education, psychiatric consultation, and care coordination.  We serve clients wherever they are living within Allegheny County, reducing barriers to accessing care.  We pride ourselves on our ability to tailor program services to meet the specific needs of each client. Our office space is in Champion Commons, located at 5231 Penn Avenue Pittsburgh 15224.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide peer support services to consumers in the program setting, community, or in the consumer's home--as directed by Supervisor.
  • Accompany consumers at various community support meetings or events whenever it is appropriate and provide follow-up services to consumers in a 1 to 1 setting, by phone, or by mobile visits.
  • Advocate for consumers and for the recovery message by actively participating in staff meetings, treatment team meetings, etc. and appropriately interjecting the consumer viewpoint and recovery goals.
  • Demonstrates knowledge and application of Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Personal Medicine, and Mental Health Advanced Directives documents and being able to share own recovery experience.
  • Maintain appropriate boundaries, as described peer orientation trainings.
  • Assist consumers in identifying natural supports and resources in the community and educate consumers on how to utilize them in the recovery process.
  • Monitor consumer progress with recovery goals and provide feedback as appropriate to consumer, family members, and clinical staff.
  • Assist consumers in recovery management, including identifying recovery goals, barriers to achieving these goals and strategies to meeting goals.
  • Maintain all required paperwork and documentation in a timely manner, as directed by Supervisor.
  • Teach problem solving and social skills to consumers individually or in a group setting, through role modeling, coaching, and skill building in such areas as money management, transportation use, time management, etc.

 

Qualifications

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Certified Peer Specialist preferred; individuals awaiting certification may be considered but must obtain certification within six months of hire.
  • Have lived experience and a self-disclosed primary mental health diagnosis, having experienced the recovery process, and willing to share 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:
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Act 34
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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