Job Title: On-Call Peer Support
Job Site: Unity Center for Behavioral Health
Folktime’s Peer Support program offers peer support to individuals who are utilizing services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health, and can serve as a role model as someone who personally identifies as a peer and has travelled similar roads of distress, discomfort, and trauma. Peer Support specialists will promote a recovery oriented support system that focuses on hope, choice, personal responsibility, and self-determination and will promote this orientation in all aspects of the work. Engagement will support participants in developing recovery skills, building natural support systems, engaging in positive activities, and utilizing resources and support services in the community. Peer Support specialists will meet individuals within Unity, and will support individuals during their stay. Peer Support Specialist work with individuals will be driven by the participants’ recovery needs and interests, and support will occur in both group and individual settings.
The On-Call Peer Support Specialist will pick up shifts as requested by the Unity Peer Program Supervisor during Peer Programs operating hours to cover both planned and unplanned absences of regular program staff, and meet programmatic requirements for coverage at Unity.
- Act as a role model to persons in recovery to inspire hope and share life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process
- Identify recovering person’s abilities, strengths and assets and assist them to recognize and use them
- Identify barriers to full participation and focus on strategies to overcome them
- Assist individuals in learning to recognize activations and signs of relapse and support the use the individual’s coping strategies as an alternative to more structured services
- Co-facilitate meetings with teams of people in recovery to create a peer support and accountability culture.
- Work successfully and collaboratively with professional staff while promoting the value added work of peer mentoring and client self-determination in the mental health services model. Actively participate in team meetings and promote a recovery perspective as a key component of all discussions
- Encourage people to engage in community support programs, 12-step programs, and life enrichment activities
- Complete all required documentation in a timely manner
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team.
- Ability to develop trusting relationships with peers and staff
- Be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental illness.
- Good written and verbal communication skills
- Competent with computers for word processing, internet, email and social media or able to learn these skills
- Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
- Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
- 1+ year experience as a peer support specialist or 1+ year experience working/volunteering in a helping profession
- Must be able to pass a criminal background check and drug screening
- Ability to report to work reliably and in a timely fashion.
Preferred but not required:
- Certified Recovery Mentor
- Bachelors or advanced degree
- U.S. Military veteran
- Experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness
- Verbal fluency in Spanish
Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $16.50 per hour with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO) and benefits. Benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance.
Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
In your cover letter, please address the following:
“Please explain how you would draw on your own experiences both personal and professional in order to support others who are experiencing mental health distress.”
FolkTime On-Call Policy and Procedure
This policy is for anyone classified as on-call within the agency:
- On-call employees who turn down more than 3 shifts in a row or do not accept a shift within 2 months will no longer be called.
- An on-call employee has the right to turn down any on-call work where less than 1 weeks’ notice is given to request their attendance for a shift and not be penalized.
- If an on-call employee calls out less than 1 weeks’ notice of the scheduled shift it will count as a turned down shift.
- An on-call employee should not exceed 40 hours of work in any given week. If they are being requested for more than 40 hours they must inform their supervisor.
- For every 160 hours worked they must attend 2 hours of supervision that is paid. They can choose which supervision group to join as long as they are on-call for that particular work-site. Supervisors may require supervision more often if it is deemed necessary. This will be negotiated between the employee and supervisor.
- On-call employees must inform their supervisor ahead of time how much work they are willing to pick up and which days they will not be available
- On-call employees are expected to be available at least 24 hours per week within the open hours of the program they are hired on-call for.
- Supervisors must make the on-call employee aware and trained in all sites in which the employee is expected to pick up shifts.
- This includes a minimum of shadowing 3 shifts at each site
- The supervisor must approve the on-call employee to work at a site before that employee may be scheduled for a shift at that site.