PRIMARY FUNCTION: The Certified Peer Specialist functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by consumers to have a satisfying life.
IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Program Supervisor
CONTACTS: Individuals served and their families, general public, funding sources, program evaluation personnel, related professional agencies/social services agencies, physicians/medical personnel, community mental health centers and hospitals. Elwyn staff, advocacy groups, employers and community resource liaisons.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Professional appearance, no lifting restrictions, some physical and behavioral challenges anticipated.
WORKING CONDITIONS/HAZARDS: Little or no known hazards. Ability to work in a variety of environments and settings. Minimum of 50% of services provided will be in community or alternative settings.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBLITIES
Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experience as a peer, to validate experiences and to provide guidance and encouragement to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery.
Assist in the development of WRAP; ensure immediate changes are made in plans as consumer's needs change; model and support consumer's families; and advocate for consumer's rights and preferences.
Serve as a mentor to persons in recovery to promote hope, empowerment and community integration.
Model and promote skills required for employment.
Participate in staff organizational meetings and treatment planning review meetings.
Act as an interpreter to help non-mental health consumer team members better understand and empathize with each consumer's unique and subjective experience and perceptions.
Document progress to maintain a permanent record of consumer activity according to established methods, procedures and guidelines.
Provide expertise and consultation from a recovery person's prospective to the entire team concerning experiences of symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side-effects of medications, responses to and preferences of treatment, and experiences of recovery.
Collaborate with the team to promote a team culture where experiences, and preferences are recognized, understood and respected and in which self-determination and decision-making are maximized and supported.
Help persons in recovery and other team members identify, understand, and combat stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma and stigma within the team.
Collaborate with the team to ensure the protection of rights in order to help consumers to improve their knowledge of individuals' rights and grievance or complaint procedures.
Increase awareness of and support participation in self-help programs, advocacy organizations and the use of natural supports to promote recovery.
Assist in the provision of ongoing assessment of persons in recovery and response to treatment. Suggest appropriate changes in recovery action plan to ensure that services respond to desires and needs.
Maintain flexible work schedule and availability, including some weekend and evening hours, in order to meet person's need and schedules.
Support and coaching (if needed) to individual to find and maintain a safe and affordable place to live.
Support and coaching (if needed) to individual to organize and perform household activities.
Teach money-management skills (budgeting and paying bills) and coach individual in accessing financial services (e.g., professional financial counseling, emergency loan services).
Support and coaching (if needed) to individuals to have and effectively use a personal primary care physician, dentist, and other medical specialists as required.
Organize and lead individual and group social and recreational activities to help persons in recovery structure their time, increase social experiences, and provide opportunities to practice social skills.
Assume a role in the development to the individual's recovery action plan.
Provide an active contribution to the conception and attainment of program or service enhancements.
Encourage participation in other services of New Vision as deemed necessary and appropriate.
Pursue staff training and development opportunities that serve to ensure quality and maintain CPS certification.
Facilitate groups on topics of recovery, including hope, empowerment, WRAP and community integration.
Perform other duties as required to fulfill the role of a Certified Peer Specialist.
Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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