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Certified Peer Specialist

Location:Wenatchee, WA
Salary Range:DOE
Exempt/Non-Exempt:Non-Exempt
Benefits:eligible benefits.
Employment Type:Full Time
Description:Collaborates with the clinical team to promote a team culture that recognizes, understands, and respects each client’s point of view, experiences, and preferences. Responsible to maximize client choice, self-determination and decision-making in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation and support services. Provides peer counseling and consultation to individual clients, families, and team staff; acts as a liaison with community resources; carries out rehabilitation and support functions; and assists in treatment, substance abuse services, education, support and consultation to families, and crisis intervention under the clinical supervision of staff with professional degrees. When the peer specialist has appropriate professional credentials, he or she may perform professional duties and clinical supervision.
Duties:POSITION OBJECTIVES/DUTIES:

1. Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to validate clients’ experiences and to provide guidance and encouragement to clients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.

2. Serve as a mentor to clients to promote hope and empowerment.

3. Act as an interpreter to help non-mental health consumer team members better understand and empathize with each client’s unique and subjective experience and perceptions.

4. Provide expertise and consultation from a mental health consumer perspective to the entire team concerning clients’ experiences on symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side-effects of medications, clients’ responses to and opinions of treatment, and clients’ experiences of recovery.

5. Collaborate with the team to promote a team culture in which each client’s point of view, experiences, and preferences are recognized, understood, and respected, and in which client self-determination and decision-making in treatment planning are maximized and supported.

6. Help clients identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma.

7. Help other team members identify and understand culture-wide stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness and develop strategies to eliminate stigma within the team.

8. Collaborate with the team to ensure the protection of clients’ rights in order to help clients to improve their knowledge of client rights and grievance or complaint procedures.

9. Collaborate with the team to help clients learn about pertinent grievance procedures and support clients with filing, mediating, and resolving complaints.

10. Increase awareness of and support client participation in consumer self-help programs and consumer advocacy organizations that promote recovery.

11. Serve as the liaison between the team and consumer-run programs such as self-help groups and drop-in centers.

12. Shared duties in the provision of treatment and substance abuse services.

STRUCTURING TIME AND EMPLOYMENT:

1. Perform mentoring, problem solving, encouragement and support on and off the job site.

2. Provide work-related supportive services, such as assistance securing necessary clothing and grooming supplies, wake-up calls, transportation.

ACTIVITES OF DAILY LIVING SERVICES:

1. Provide ongoing assessment, problem solving, side-by-side services, skill teaching, support (prompts, assignments, encouragement), and environmental adaptations to assist clients with activities of daily living.

2. Assist clients to find and maintain a safe and affordable place to live, apartment hunting, finding a roommate, landlord negotiations, cleaning, furnishing and decorating, and procuring necessities (telephone, furniture, utility hook-up).

3. Assist and support clients to organize and perform household activities, including house cleaning and laundry.

4. Assist and support clients with personal hygiene and grooming tasks.

5. Provide nutrition education and assistance with meal planning, grocery shopping, and food preparation.

6. Ensure that clients have adequate financial support (help to gain employment and apply for entitlements).

7. Teach money-management skills (budgeting and paying bills) and assist clients in accessing financial services (e.g., professional financial counseling, emergency loan services).

8. Help clients to access reliable transportation (obtain a driver’s license and car and car insurance, arrange for cabs, use public transportation, find rides).

9. Assist and support clients to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.

SOCIAL AND INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS AND LEISURE TIME:

1. Provide side-by-side support, coaching and encouragement to help clients socialize (going with a client to community activities, including activities offered by consumer-run peer support organizations).

2. Assist clients to plan and carry out leisure time activities on evenings, weekends, and holidays.

3. Organize and lead individual and group social and recreational activities to help clients structure their time, increase social experiences, and provide opportunities to practice social skills.

SUPPORT:

1. Provide practical help and supports, mentoring, advocacy, coordination, side-by-side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living including medical and dental health care; legal and advocacy services; financial support such as entitlements (SSI, SSDI, veterans’ benefits); housing subsidies (HUD Section 8); money- management services (e.g., payee services); and transportation.
Qualifications:EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:

High School diploma and minimum 2 years paid or volunteer work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illness required; College Degree in a Human Services Field or related area preferred;

The Peer Specialist, who is or has been a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness, should have self knowledge to manage their mental illness and be well along in their recovery.

SPECIAL SKILLS:

Strong commitment to the right and the ability of each person with a severe mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services.

Skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for clients’ rights and personal preferences in treatment.

Strong individual employment plan writing and computer skills.

Possess and utilize effective verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to be self-motivated, work independently and as a team member.

Ability to represent the agencies in a professional manner within the community.

LICENSURE/REGISTRATION/CERTIFICATION:

Must be a Peer Counselor certified by the Mental Health Division, or able to obtain certification within one year of employment. Washington State Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration is required.

Valid WA State driver’s license, assess to a safe vehicle and minimum required liability insurance as per agency policy.


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