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Peer Specialist - Community Based

Description

Peer Specialists are individuals with lived experience who provide non-clinical support as a fully integrated treatment team member. Peer Specialists 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 WPH Peer Support Service department is leading the way in the expansion of peer services and provides the opportunity to make powerful, recovery oriented changes to participant’s lives each day. With one of the few teams providing community based peer support within the WPH system, this team allows for connections to be made to those who can benefit from the knowledge of lived experience that leads to positive changes for those involved with the program.
 
This position is community based, and will involve meeting participants face to face in the community, in their home, or in any setting of the participant’s choice. It offers flexibility with being able to independently managing scheduling based on participant’s needs and preferences.

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, including completing strength based assessments, developing Individualized goal plans for participants, and completing progress notes.
  • 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 is preferred. Certification will be required by 6 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 participants 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.
  • Knowledge of documentation in electronic medical records preferred.
  • Ability to be organized and able to independently manage a schedule preferred.
  • Reliable transportation preferred
  • 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:
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • CPS Certification will be required by 6 months from hire.
  • Driver's License
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal
 
UPMC is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disability/Veteran

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