Peer Support Specialist, Mental Health Urgent Care Center -

LifeWorks Northwest's Washington County Crisis Program is expanding to develop the new Hawthorn Walk-In Center (mental health urgent care center). We are recruiting additional peer support specialists, who will have an integral role at the Hawthorn Walk-In Center.
PURPOSE: The Crisis Peer Support Specialist provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals who are experiencing a mental health or emotional crisis who have self-identified as desiring peer supports. The Peer Support Specialist works, to promote immediate safety and stability, greater independence, community integration and recovery. Services provided by peers (people who have had the experience of mental health treatment) include a wide variety of supports, services and advocacy that contribute to a client's ability to engage in ongoing treatment and work towards less dependence on traditional mental health treatment. These activities acknowledge the importance of involving significant others and other natural supports in the persons treatment that could positively impact their recovery.
DAYS/HOURS: Two positions available, approximately 32 hours/week. Weekend and/or evening availability is required.
ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
Uses a Person-Centered approach to create and work on a short term Peer-Assisted Wellness Recovery Plan tailored to the specific needs of the individual receiving services.
Works in collaboration with Crisis Team and Intensive Transition Team staff to assist individuals with safety planning and connecting to on-going mental health services.
Uses his/her own experiences as guided by training and also models the principles of recovery for those they work with, including self care, gaining greater independence, emphasize wellness and self-determination.
Informs people served of available service options while promoting the use of natural supports and resournces within the community.
Assists individuals in navigating the mental health services system and in achieving wellness, resiliency and recovery as defined by the person.
Present a model of someone in recovery and share their own experiences as their training provided guidance.
Work with clients on specific and obtainable goals included in the person's short term crisis treatment plan
Provides support to clients who are having symptoms that could result in hospitalization. Duties could include grocery shopping, meal preparation or just spending time with clients until they feel secure enough to be on their own
Assists clients in accessing community resources such as food boxes, healthcare appointments and other services as appropriate.
Assists clients in maintaining medication compliance. May deliver medications, makes reminder calls and home visits to ensure compliance.
Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
Meets standards for documentation and accuracy of work.
Meets standards as defined in the Performance Evaluation for client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork.
Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
Educate and advocate for the values and principles of Peer Delivered Services and the Recovery Model.
Completes documentation on a timely basis.
QUALIFICATIONS
Self-identifies as a current or former recipient of mental health services
Holds a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program. (Training can be completed after hire, if needed).
1 year of previous experience as a peer support specialist is preferred.
Experience involving addiction and / or mental health recovery preferred.
Knowledge and /or experience with Justice System preferred.
Bi-lingual Spanish preferred.
Veterans are encouraged to apply.
Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations.
Familiar with developmental needs of adults and children.
Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
Transporting clients in an agency vehicle required.
LifeWorks NW is an EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other status in accordance with law.
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