The Deaf Peer Support Specialist may be a Certified Peer Specialist, a Certified Addiction Recovery Coach, or a Family Partner. This position is designated for a person who identifies as having lived experience relevant to their certification and is willing to shares that experience for the benefit of the people they support and helps others to access resources and supports that will allow them full access to the community of their choice. The Deaf Peer Support Specialist reports to the Director of Recovery or the Assistant Director of Recovery.
- Engage in non-judgmental, compassionate, active listening to build one-on-one connections with persons served that support a person’s preferences and emphasize the tenets of recovery.
- Support persons to access groups and activities in ASL or have adequate interpretation services to fully promote inclusion and access.
- Provide direct support through the benefit of mutuality to people in the community and GLE settings in the areas of community inclusion, relationship building, housing, risk mitigation, transportation, skill-building, money management, medication needs/preferences and other areas based on the person centered treatment plan.
- Support other Deaf and Hard of Hearing persons to live a life of their choosing by accessing resources, community, adaptive accommodations and equipment, and education that will allow them to live a life of their choosing.
- Actively participate in North Suffolk peer team membership through recovery events, RLC bridging opportunities, peer mentorship, and peer team meetings to actively promote community and to model that community to other staff and persons served as a necessary component of Recovery.
- Develop and implement Safety Plans and Crisis Prevention and Response Plans in order to best mitigate risk and support self-determination of the person.
Education: High School Diploma/GED equivalent required. Bachelors Degree highly preferred. Must possess or be willing/eligible to obtain one of the following Certifications within the first six months of employment:
- Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC) within 6 months of hire or Family Partner
Experience: Must identify as having Lived Experience of a Mental Health Diagnosis, a Substance Use Addiction, Extreme States, or Trauma that has caused significant life disruption and possess a desire to share those experiences in a purposeful and intentional way to influence the mental health system and provide recovery oriented support to those in ACCS services. Must identify as personally being deaf and/or hard of hearing, or be fluent in ASL.
Skills: Driver’s license preferred but not required. Must be CPR/first aid certified within three months of hire (training provided)
- Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 10 Paid Holidays per year
- Health & Dental Insurance, with generous employer contribution
- Employer Paid Life Insurance
- 403 (b) Retirement Plan with employer matching
- Voluntary Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
- Medical & Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts
- Access to Credit Union Banking
- Access to State Tuition Remission Program (Worksite Specific)
- Employee Referral Bonus Program
- Discounted Movie Tickets
- Comprehensive Training Program
- Internal Advancement Opportunities
A career with a cause:
Since 1959, North Suffolk Mental Health Association, Inc. has provided community-based mental health services to individuals and families in East Boston, Boston, Chelsea, Revere and Winthrop. To better serve our community, NSMHA has developed a comprehensive and integrated community-based system of engagement, treatment, rehabilitation and support programs to promote the recovery of adults living with serious mental illness, addictions and co-occurring disorders. Adult Community Clinical Services (ACCS) is a comprehensive clinically focused service anchored by a multi-disciplinary team that provides services through an integrated team led by clinical staff. ACCS will provide clinical interventions and peer and family support to facilitate engagement, support functioning and maximize symptom stabilization and self-management of individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness.