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Assist in the development of a culture of recovery and self-determination through building peer relationships, sharing personal achievements, and exposure to successful experiences. Engage with persons in recovery, by identifying their strengths and existing supports and linking them with community resources. Create a partnership with peers and family members by sharing information about support services and resources available through the community.
Provide education for persons in recovery, staff, and family members through the facilitation of:
a) Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) sessions for persons in recovery
b) Self-help/mutual support groups for persons in recovery
Co-facilitate meetings to nurture a peer support culture, e.g., community meeting, peer council, etc. Serve as a community liaison.
Accompany and support persons in recovery in social/leisure, education and occupational skills and provide hands-on support to teach self-advocacy skills.
Complete all required program documentation. Attend team meetings to contribute to case conferences.
Attend other required meetings, trainings, and continuing education courses as recommended by direct supervisor.
Adhere to all agency policies and procedures including confidentiality, HIPAA, compliance, etc.
Assist in handling peer crisis situations at JFK and in the community.
Perform outreach activities to re-engage peers in program activities, in person or by telephone.
Perform other duties and responsibilities as required.
Position Qualifications Required:
I. Education, Training and Experience:
- Peer Specialist Certification. Must take CEU credits to maintain certification.
- Current or former recipient of mental health, and/or co-occurring services with a willingness to share personal recovery experiences.
- High school diploma or GED.
- 6 months experience in human services.
- complete WRAP training and WRAP Facilitator training within 12 months of hire
II. Other Requirements:
- Proficient in verbal and written communication
- Ability to share recovery experiences and support others in their recovery process.
- Ability to establish relationships with peers.
- Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
- Valid Pennsylvania Driver’s License preferred.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends.
Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Travel is required for this position.
1. Frequent stair climbing, walking within the community even under inclement weather conditions such as heat, cold, ice, etc..
2. Ability to sit, stand, bend and walk for extended periods of time.
3. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 10 lbs.
4. Must be proficient in English with ability to read, write and speak.
5. Frequent local travel using public transportation.