Have you had people help you through some really difficult times? Are you looking for an opportunity to take that experience and give back to the community that helped you? Here’s your chance.
Resources for Human Development (RHD) - a national leader in providing support services for people in need - is seeking individuals to act as Peer Support Specialists. This position will support individuals who receive services on an Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Team and live in Supported Living. Services consist of peer support including advocacy for Persons in Recovery (PIRs); sharing of coping skills and providing recovery information for PIRs. The Peer Specialist performs a wide range of tasks to assist PIRs in regaining control over their own recovery process. This includes but is not limited to the development of natural supports; development of social interactions in the community; and management of symptoms that challenge wellness in an individual.
Work with consumers to assist them with building skills to promote recovery and self-sufficiency
Involve family and other natural supports in the consumer’s treatment; provide psycho-education as needed
Provide formal individual and group peer support utilizing Illness Management and Recovery (IMR) and Wellness Recovery Action Planning (WRAP)
Provide informal wellness management and recovery strategies, including, but not limited to recovery strategies, stress management, psycho-education, symptom management, and social skills
As needed assist with consumer income support by escorting consumers to appointments to apply and recertify health insurance (Medicaid, Medicare, private insurance) and income (food stamps, SSI/D, etc.)
Link consumers to peer support and self-help recovery resources
Coordinate with ACT Team
Complete assessments, progress notes, and significant data in required time periods
Provide culturally competent services that are individualized to client needs and reflect the integration of their race, color, religious creed, disability, handicap, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, national origin, age and sex
Maintain confidentiality and adhere to HIPAA
Any other duties as required by Team Leader or Unit Director
Must self-identify as an individual with a serious mental illness who is currently or formerly a recipient of mental health services. As a peer in recovery from mental illness and/or co-occurring serious mental illness and substance abuse, the peer must be willing to utilize recovery experience to engage and support consumers.
Strong knowledge of wellness, recovery and self-help
Ability to work effectively with diverse team and remain highly organized and self-motivated
Proficient in computers
Ability to pass a drug screen and background check
Valid driver’s license and car insurance
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