Certified Peer Specialist

Behavior Health Network Springfield , MA 01105

Posted 1 week ago

If you are an amazing service provider and are ready for you next lifesaving experience then keep reading because this is for you!!

Join our team of competent and compassionate professionals as a Certified Peer Specialist at Behavioral Health Network!

NOTICE

In accordance with the BHN Mandatory COVID vaccine policy - all staff, interns, temps, residents and contractors are required to be fully vaccinated no later than day one of employment. Medical or religious exemptions will be offered and must be approved prior to starting work.

The same guidelines noted above apply during flu season (defined as December 1st - through end of flu season as announced by the CDC) for BHN's Mandatory Influenza Vaccine policy.

Additionally, BHN is a Tobacco Free workplace. All Staff, interns, temps, residents and contractors agree not to smell of or use Tobacco or ENDS products while on paid work time or within sight of any BHN facility.

Your experience, knowledge and great skills will support the Crisis Program with the following:

  • Act as liaison between law enforcement personnel/ behavioral health provider staff and individuals served/families

  • Providing high quality community based care to all individuals.

  • Tending to individuals served and families' basic needs, including food and drink.

  • Aids in providing telephonic consumer support.

  • Documenting services in a manner that is compliant with all applicable rules/regulations.

  • Sharing and model the recovery-oriented philosophy; including education around self-determination, transparency and peer values.

  • Providing support to consumers and families.

  • Educating consumers and families about the assessment/intervention process.

  • Liaison between master's level clinician, Law Enforcement and consumers/families, by updating consumers and families during the assessment/intervention process.

  • Assisting in aiding consumers and families during the transition to follow-up services.

  • Shares and models the recovery-oriented philosophy, including education around coping skills.

Reasons to work with Crisis Program:

  • Great team environment

  • Comprehensive new hiring training

  • Clinical supervision available/provided for license eligible clinicians.

  • Professional growth opportunities

  • Work with diverse staff and people served

  • Work with an agency who does amazing things for others

  • You will be able to change a person's life

  • You will expand your working relationship with treatment providers.

  • Excellent benefits package & time off benefits available

Who are we?

BHN's Crisis Program provides 24/7 front line response to individuals of all ages who are experiencing a behavioral health crisis, regardless of insurance. BHN provides services on a mobile basis, including home and community-based settings or in an emergency department when needed.

Behavioral Health Network is a growing non-profit community behavioral health agency that has been providing services to children, adults, families and communities in Western Massachusetts since 1938. BHN provides comprehensive, outcome-driven behavioral health care. We are dedicated to offering high quality, affordable and culturally appropriate care to people of all ages and income levels in our constituent communities.

What are we looking for in a Certified Peer Specialist?

  • High school diploma or GED equivalent (required).

  • Knowledge of delivery systems, organizational skills, understanding crisis intervention (preferred).

  • Knowledge and application of the Recovery Oriented model, specific to those experiencing a mental health crisis (preferred).

  • Knowledge of local community resources, including recovery-oriented, peer support services (preferred).

  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing (required).

  • Must display empathic skills and the ability to establish rapport with consumers, family members and service providers (required).

  • Must have familiarity with internet, word processing and email systems (required).

  • Must have reliable transportation during each shift to provide community based services (required).

  • Must be an adult who has utilized mental health services, is in recovery from mental illness, and believes in the Recovery Oriented Model of care (required).

  • Within 1 year of hire date must complete the Peer Specialist certification training and pass the exam to become a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) (required).

How to apply to be a Certified Peer Specialist?

If you are interested in this opportunity, please visit our website at www.bhnworks.org and click on "Browse All Jobs" to apply!

BHN maintains its commitment to social justice & diversity and strongly encourages diverse candidates to apply.

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