CORE Certified Peer Specialist - Independent Living, Inc.

POSITION TITLE:

CORE CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST

REPORTS TO:


REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF PEER SERVICES


LEVEL:

NON-MANAGEMENT


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

• Provide Empowerment Services– peer support, non-clinical, peer-delivered services with focus on rehabilitation, recovery, and resilience.

• Promotes skills for coping with and managing behavioral health symptoms while facilitating the use of natural supports and community resources.

• Person-centered recovery planning, documentation and Collaboration.

• Advocacy Support- assist with building self-advocacy and self-efficacy skills.

• Activation and Engagement in Recovery- engaging in the recovery process, empowering the Individual to achieve their goals. Increase and promote hope.

• Community Participation- assist the Individual in developing social networks, meaningful activities and building healthy relationships.

• Transitional Support- transitional support for Individuals with hospitalization, detox admissions, or other institutional stays and they transition back into their home communities.

• Pre-Crisis and Crises Support- use knowledge of resources, treatment, services and supports to the Individual.

• Network with mental health providers and community support services to maintain an integrated support system for persons with psychiatric disabilities.

• Practice the principles of trauma informed care and motivation interviewing

• Encourage personal empowerment, self-determination, while promoting independent living skill development.

• Encourage independence and autonomy by offering information, experiences and opportunities to assist individuals to make informed choices.

• Complete all reporting and record keeping as required which includes entering progress notes and service plans into the agency’s electronic healthcare record.

• Maintain regular contact with participants’ care managers to coordinate care.

• Completes all reporting and record keeping following the defined processes and within the required timeframes.

• Attend and actively participate in all meetings and training sessions provided by the agency.

• Teach "systems navigation."

• Maintain a current and working knowledge of systems, issues and legislation at both a local and statewide level which affect the persons we serve, this includes but is not limited to Social Security Benefits, Dept. of Social Services, Mental Hygiene Law, Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as Independent Living philosophy.

• Other duties as assigned or required by the needs of the position.


REQUIREMENTS:

• Honesty, respect for diversity, high personal standards, language and behaviors reflecting such values and the Independent Living philosophy.

• Demonstrated ability to recognize the need for and facilitate connections between consumers and IL and other disability related services.

• Knowledge of local, statewide and national disability related issues and community dynamics.

• Excellent written and verbal presentation skills.

• Must have good time management skills and be self-directing, especially if there is any downtime.


QUALIFICATIONS:

• New York State Certified Peer Specialist credential (can be provisional) or New York Certified Recovery Peer Advocate credential (can be provisional).

• Must have personal lived experience as a former or current user of mental health services or have personal substance use recovery experience.

• Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services plus two years of advocacy experience preferred or commensurate experience.


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