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Emergency Respite Peer Specialist
North Suffolk is looking for a Peer Specialist to join our Emergency Respite Program team! The Peer Specialist is a supporting member of the Emergency Respite Program but does not perform clinical services and does not receive clinical supervision. The 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 share that experience for the benefit of the people they support. Under the supervision of the Director of Recovery, the Peer Support Specialist engages in non-directive and supportive relationships that promote empowerment and self-learning. This position provides 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 and in accordance with the Code of Ethics set forth for the Certified Peer Specialists in Massachusetts or the Code of Ethics set forth in the discipline specific training received. Services are provided based on Recovery tenets and are aimed to promote self-determination and the overall health and well-being of persons served.
What you’ll do:
- Work on multi-disciplinary site-based and mobile team designed to help divert hospital admissions.
- Share one’s own personal recovery experiences with purpose and intent to build trust, create mutuality, support self-determination, and to benefit the person served and the person’s stated goals and desires.
- 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.
- Provide support to persons served through Life and Care transitions, including visiting a hospital unit or emergency department or other restrictive setting in order to provide connection and transition planning.
- Provide support through self-disclosure of one’s own experiences and the Tenets of Recovery to develop the skills for self-advocacy and self-determination through mutual relationships.
- Facilitate and co-facilitate skill-building, mutually supportive groups that allow for natural connections among persons served, build capacity and knowledge, and emphasize the importance of quality of life activities and community
- In collaboration with the team and to benefit the person served, support a person served in sharing information that will influence the comprehensive assessment of psychiatric history.
- Document each person’s progress in the confidential record according to established methods and procedures and in accordance with the CPS Code of Ethics.
What you’ll need:
- Education: High School Diploma/GED equivalent required. Bachelors Degree highly preferred.
- 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.
- Skills/Other: Driver’s license preferred but not required. Must be CPR/first aid certified within three months of hire. Must possess or be willing and eligible to obtain one of the following Certifications within the first six months of employment:
- Certified Peer Specialist (CPS)
- Certified Addiction Recovery Coach (CARC)
- Vaccination: At least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccination is required prior to hire and complete the full vaccination schedule in the appropriate timeline as documented by the CDC requirements for vaccination.
Competitive & Comprehensive Benefits:
- Paid Time Off Two weeks’ Vacation per year (three weeks after 2 years of service), 12 Sick Days per year, and 11 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)
- Eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
- Employee Referral Bonus Program
- Discounted Movie Tickets
- Comprehensive Training Program
- Internal Advancement Opportunities