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Horizon House, Inc. is a nationally recognized provider of services to adults with support needs due to developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues, and substance abuse. Horizon House is Pennsylvania’s oldest psychiatric rehabilitation agency. Since 1952, we have been dedicated to helping people with mental illness, drug and alcohol addictions, developmental/intellectual disabilities, and homelessness to stabilize their lives and to help them live as independently as possible in the community. With over 100 locations throughout South and North Eastern Pennsylvania and the state of Delaware, Horizon House provides services to a diverse population focusing on individual strength and choice.
We are seeking a qualified Peer Support Specialist interested in joining our multidisciplinary ( ACT) team at our Delaware County location.
Horizon House offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefit package including medical and dental, (9) nine paid holidays and generous paid time off, retirement savings plan, tax sheltered annuity, tuition reimbursement and opportunities for advancement.
To be considered an applicant for this position please complete the pre- employment application by going to www.hhinc.org/careers.
Horizon House is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Veterans/Disabilities/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity.
The Peer Support Specialist engages and builds trust with service participants and models recovery and resiliency. This position is also responsible for:
Collaborating with the team to promote a team culture in which self-determination and decision-making in recovery planning are supported.
Assisting program participants in identifying, understanding and combating stigma and discrimination associated with mental illness and develop strategies to reduce self-stigma.
Increasing awareness of and support program participant's access and involvement/participation in self-help programs and consumer advocacy organizations that provide additional recovery resources and supports.
Acting as an informal educator to other team members to facilitate understanding and empathy with each person unique and subjective experience and perceptions.
Assisting in the provision of ongoing assessment of clients’ mental illness symptoms and clients’ response to treatment. Suggest appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure that immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in clients’ mental status or behavior, which put clients at risk (e.g., suicidality)
Helping other team members identify and understand culture-wide stigma and discrimination against people with mental illness and develop strategies to eliminate stigma within the team.
Providing expertise and consultation from a mental health consumer perspective to the entire team concerning clients’ experiences, on symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side-effects of medication, clients’ responses to and opinions of treatment, and clients’ experiences of recovery.
May have a college degree in the human services field or a high school diploma, or have at least two years of paid or volunteer work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illness; or any combination of experience, education or training that would provide the level of knowledge, skill and ability required.
Self-knowledge to manage their mental illness and be well along in their recovery.
Skills and competence to establish supporting trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for clients’ rights and personal preferences in treatment is essential
Good oral and written communication skills.
Ability to work independently and as part of a focused team.
Must have a valid driver’s license with acceptable record.