TAY Peer Specialist


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Job Title:  TAYPeer Specialist I

Reports To:  OutreachTeam Leader

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt



SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

The Peer Specialist operates within a team of professionals who deliver services to consumers of BestSelf Behavioral Health's Family Engagement Team. The Peer Specialist delivers peer support services with rehabilitation and recovery focus, and a primary goal of connecting transition aged youth who are at-risk or experiencing homelessness to housing stability, services and supports. People with personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or substance use treatment or of personal recovery are encouraged to apply. Honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards, professional language and behavior reflecting such values are required.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

·  Assist individual's mental health and/or substance use disorder treatment to participate in diverse, person-centered, self - directed services and activities that promote empowerment and robust recovery.

·  Provide direct contact, outreach, mentoring, systems navigation, oversight and crisis support as needed to homeless transition aged youth with mental health and/or substance use disorders diagnoses.

·  Assist individuals with finding housing, educational opportunities, employment, social activities and health home integration of services

·  Work towards participant's recovery goals, individually and in groups.

·  Must be cognizant of all relevant housing, employment, educational, entitlement and social supports in the community and proactively facilitate connection to these services with participants as needed.

·  Will be available to transport consumers to appointments and/or community resources when needed

·  Engage individuals to inform about the changes happening to Medicaid.

·  Works in collaboration with the other program staff and partners to identify and advocate for services

·  Engage and support the recovery of individuals we work with; continues with individuals after discharge to identify and engage with a range of community-based supports;

·  Completes detailed written record of activities;

·  Attends trainings as required and assigned by supervisor

·  Maintains personal wellness. 

·  Schedule and assigned duties are subject to change based on the needs of the program and the clients we serve.

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:

·  Working knowledge of community resources, including housing, supportive services, and peer support activities. 

·  Ability to identify potential crisis situations and convey this information to a supervisor in a timely and appropriate manner. 

·  Must be a current or former recipient of mental health and/or substance use disorder services. 

·  Must possess the ability to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons who have experience homelessness, mental illness and substance use disorders, and maintain respect for client rights and personal preferences in treatment. 

·  Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time management skills.

QUALIFICATIONS:

·  Associate's Degree in Human Services plus two years of advocacy experience in a human service agency or health care facility

OR

·   HS diploma or equivalency and 4yrs., experience in a human service agency or health care facility. 

AND

·  Must be a "peer" and have a working knowledge of the mental health system and recovery process.  Must have personal "lived" experience as a former or current user of substance use treatment services or have personal substance use recovery experience and be comfortable with self-disclosure as needed.

AND

·  A valid NYS drivers' license

·  Automobile in good working order

·  Must have Accredited NYS Defensive driving course; or obtain within 15 days of hire.

·  Must maintain Active NYS Defensive Driving class every 3 years, upon expiration.

·  If driving one's own vehicle, must maintain valid inspection and automobile insurance.

·  Must provide proof of insurance upon hire and when requested.

·  Bilingual English/Spanish, Arabic, or other language strongly preferred.