Homeless Peer Engagement Specialist

Eliot Community Human Services Northampton , MA 01060

Posted 2 months ago

Eliot's Western MA PATH Outreach Team is seeking an experienced Peer Engagement Specialist with outstanding support skills, experience with mental health, Substance misuse and Recovery. The ideal person will have completed the certified peer specialist training program and have lived experience of homelessness, mental health or substance use in the past and have an established recovery process.The ideal person will have completed the certified peer specialist training program and have lived experience of homelessness, mental health or substance use in the past and have an established recovery process.

Eliot's PATH Teams provide multidisciplinary trauma informed/strengths based services to effectively address barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing (eg untreated PTSD/Mood Disorder(s)/Psychosis/Substance Use Disorder(s)/medical complexity).

  • Coverage areas include: Springfield, Westfield, Holyoke, Chicopee - Hampden County

Responsibilities:

  • Perform outreach and engagement activities to identify homeless people living in public places, drop in centers, meal sites and shelters.

  • Provide concrete services such as warm clothing, blankets, and food to reduce risk of harm on the streets. Encourage use of shelter, meal sites, and other related services for those who are unsheltered.

  • Maintain a thorough, current knowledge of local public and private resources including housing, residential programs, and other community organizations. Maintain positive working relationships with representatives of these organizations.

  • Coordinate efforts with the other service providers to ensure integrated service delivery for consumers. Empower consumers to exercise autonomy in all aspects of their life.

  • Assist consumers with identifying choices and developing skills in self-advocacy.

  • Collaborate with other staff members to ensure that the consumer's perspective is always included, that preferences are recognized and that consumer choices are maximized.

  • Provide training and consultation to staff to facilitate the understanding of consumer perspectives as needed. Provide guidance to consumers in recovery process.

  • Provide advocacy, support, and education during intake and transition processes across the spectrum of services and transition to independence.

  • Assist consumers with being able to identify personal methods of recovery from mental illness and to develop self-management plans to address their experiences.

  • Provide linkage and referral to emergency shelter, meal sites, mental health and substance abuse treatment, public entitlements, and other community services including follow-up and case management.

  • Consult with supervisor related to eligibility and assessment.

$20.04 hourly BA

$25.33 hourly Masters

Schedule: Part time 20 hours per week, flexibility within schedule

  • Eliot mandates COVID-19 vaccinations for employees, please discuss the requirements with the hiring manager during the interview process.
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