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Peer Support Specialist

Overall Function:

To provide recovery and peer outreach services to individuals who are being released from the Department of Corrections, or within 18 months of release, seeking assistance with their wellness, recovery, and basic needs.

Responsibilities:

Assist with the daily operation and provide recovery and peer support services to individuals as needed.  Duties include, but not necessarily limited to:

•    Mentoring and coaching within established health and wellness programs
•    Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery process
•    Confidentiality
•    Assist in system navigation and community resources consistent with the needs and interests of the participant; following the principles of person directed and       trauma informed care.
•    Connect with individuals inside facilities before they are to be released.
•    Communicate with the referring party on contacts within the HIPPA parameters
•    Provide individualized, unlimited follow along supports
•    Promote the utilization of natural resources within the community;
•    Facilitate the development of a sense of wellness and self-worth.
•    Maintain good representation of MHA with all community partners and funders
•    Maintain good working relationships with landlords
•    Attend meeting specific to job duties and/or position
•    Facilitate groups offered by the organization
•    Utilize non-profit organization status to gather donations to support organizational needs
•    Participate in treatment meetings and provide advocacy as the participant requests
•    Complete all necessary documentation; and
•    Adhere to all program policies and procedures
•    Carries out other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

•    Have personal experience and knowledge of recovery
•    A genuine hope and optimism that their peers will succeed and can recover
•    A sincere interest in the welfare of their peers, including the ability to see each person as a unique individual
•    A willingness to learn the recovery model and adhere to MHA mission and core principles
•    A willingness to share their own recovery experience
•    An ability to flexibly engage people based on their level of receptivity and individual needs, acknowledging that even the same person may need different               types of peer-based services at different points in their recovery process.
•    Have demonstrated proficiency in reading and writing;
•    Be able to establish trusting relationships with their peers and community partners
•    Be able to work independently and as a member of a team;
•    Be able to provide direct peer support services;
•    Be able to work evenings and weekends;
 

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