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Peer Support Specialist (Mental Health Court)
Position Summary: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Mental Health Court Team at the Hilltop Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals who are involved with mental health court and experience significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist provides opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery journey; supports the recognition and use of individual strengths necessary to self-empowerment and recovery; supports the development of a sense of wellness, self-compassion and self-worth; promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Peer Support Specialist creates relationships of hope and co-learning with both individuals receiving services and service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health histories, involvement in the justice system, and their professional training.
- Engage in hope-based relationships with individuals that model the development of positive and support relationships in the community
- Explore recovering person’s abilities, strengths and assets and support 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 weekly groups with peers to create a culture of peer support, recovery and accountability. Work collaboratively and successfully with staff within the mental health court model while engaging in relationships that are true to the Intentional Peer Support Model. Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
- Encourage peers to explore support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting
- Provides support navigating clinic services and requirements of mental health court program
- Must possess a personal understanding of the criminal justice system
- Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing what may be perceived as “symptoms” of mental health distress, and ability to see “crisis” as an opportunity
- Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer to the population being served. ORS 414.025 defines a Peer Support Specialist as “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.”
- Be able to develop trusting relationships with both peers and clinic staff.
- Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of individuals simultaneously experiencing mental health distress and navigating the criminal justice system
- Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
- Good written and verbal communication skills.
- Competent with computers for daily record charting, appointment scheduling, emailing, and internet use or able to learn these things
- Ability to complete all required documentation on time
- Must be able to endorse Intentional Peer Support, Trauma Informed Care, and Harm Reduction models of support
- Experience working with individuals who experience extreme states/alternate realities and involvement in the justice system
- Complete a 40-hour Oregon approved peer support training
- 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
- Must not have received behavioral health services through Clackamas County Behavioral Health Care Centers or involved with mental health court within last twelve (12) months
- Must report to work on time
- Must drive, have a car, and be capable of traveling on public transit when required
- Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting participants. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at the Federal rate
Preferred but not Required:
- Prior completion of Intentional Peer Support Training
- Certified Recovery Mentor
- Bachelors or advanced degree
- S. Military veteran
- Verbal fluency in Spanish
Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $16.00 per hour with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO) and benefits. Benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance.
Hours and Shifts available: This position is 32 hours/week with hours falling between the hours of 8am and 5:30pm Monday-Friday. Specific schedule to be determined at time of hire.
Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Shannon Farr, Clackamas County Programs Manager, at 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.”
Agency Description: Founded in 1986, FolkTime, Inc. is a non-profit community service for individuals who share the experience of living with mental health histories. FolkTime offers social programs that are open to all individuals regardless of health insurance or program affiliation, as well as clinic-based peer support programs that are offered to individuals who qualify. The agency focus is on wellness and recovery. All FolkTime programs utilize Intentional Peer Support as their model. FolkTime is an equal opportunity employer, and encourages candidates with diverse backgrounds to apply.