Peer Support Specialist Job – Searsport, ME 31903

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Why You'll Love This Job

A Peer Support/Family Support Specialist (PSS/FSS) is a member of the BHH multidisciplinary team of professionals who provide treatment and support to members of the BHH program. As a member of the team, this person assists clients with accessing peer support services, provides various forms of education to clients and co-workers about the role of the PSS, facilitates peer groups, and links clients to a variety of local resources. This work is done in the office, at clients' residences, in the local community, and may involve travel and attending meetings.

The Family Support Specialist encourages families to move toward self-advocacy in the attainment of culturally-specific life goals for themselves and their children and helps them develop the skills to do so by working directly with families involved in the BHH program. The FSS meets with the family member(s) one-on-one to provide support and encouragement towards resiliency. The FSS may also facilitate support groups that address areas of concern for family members in the BHH program. The position requires travel to client's homes and meetings in the community, in addition to office based work. The position seeks to foster relationships and skill building that improves both the family member's wellbeing and the child's wellbeing.

Responsibilities

  • Build a connection with clients by sharing common experiences and re-defining help as a co-learning and growing process.
  • Assist clients and families with connecting with PEER groups and community-based PEER programs
  • Assist clients and families in understanding and managing their mental health conditions and symptoms.
  • Support clients and families with locating/utilizing local programs and services.
  • Assist clients and families with understanding their rights and responsibilities as a recipient of mental health services.
  • Participate in team meetings and bi-monthly BHH panel meetings as scheduled.
  • Complete all necessary documentation surrounding PSS role
  • Demonstrate and actively promote an understanding and commitment to the mission and values of the BHH Team.
  • Help peers to find healthy ways to decrease maladaptive behaviors.
  • Observes and reports significant changes in the condition and needs of the client and family to the immediate supervisor.
  • Teaches the client and family how to respond appropriately to treatment goals and objectives.
  • Maintains consumer confidentiality in accordance with agency policy and regulatory requirements.
  • Work with clients served to assist them in the development and implementation of an individualized treatment plan.
  • Work cooperatively with the Behavioral Health Home team to co-facilitate a variety of groups.

Qualifications

  • Educational qualifications: High school diploma 
  • Experience: Must identify as a “peer,” that is, someone who has 5 or more years of experience with mental health challenges, substance abuse challenges or other life challenges such as trauma experience, homelessness or perhaps growing up in the foster care system. Must have a valid drivers license and access to a reliable vehicle.
  • Certifications: Already be a CIPSS or obtain provisional CIPSS certification within 6 months of date of hire. 
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