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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.

Major Duties:

  • 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

Qualifications:

  • 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

Requirements:

  • 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 nmorris-judd@folktime.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:

  1. 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.
    1. 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.
    2. If an on-call employee calls out less than 1 weeks’ notice of the scheduled shift it will count as a turned down shift.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. Supervisors must make the on-call employee aware and trained in all sites in which the employee is expected to pick up shifts.
    1. This includes a minimum of shadowing 3 shifts at each site
    2. 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.

Job Title: CARING CONTACT PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST

Job Site:  Unity Center for Behavioral Health, Portland, OR

Status: 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)

Reports to: FolkTime Unity Center for Behavioral Health’s Program Manager

Salary and Benefits: This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO). The salary will be $16.00 – $18.00 per hour, compensation commensurate with experience.

Position Summary: The Caring Contact Peer Support provides outreach to those discharged from Unity Center for Behavioral Health’s Psychiatric Emergency Services (UBH PES) supporting individuals who have utilized services there within the last 48hrs. The Caring Contact Peer Support Specialist aids in process and procedure development efforts and works directly with UBH’s Access Intake and Referral (AIR) team, in addition to maintaining databases, and other administrative duties.

Job Duties:

Peer Relations

  • Reaching out to peers within 48 hours of discharge from PES.
  • Reflecting positive peer values and serves as a positive support for peers.
  • Advocates for individuals being served when appropriate, both within the organization and also with other entities.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer to the population being served. ORS 414.025 defines a Peer Support Specialist (see below requirements). As appropriate, may be asked to openly identify.
  • Maintains electronic health record (EHR) in a manner that assures compliance with policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations. Keeps accurate and up-to-date documentation as required, associated patient’s progress and other activities.
  • Respects and honors patient rights and responsibilities and demonstrates professional boundaries and ethics. Adheres to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements.
  • Takes part in regular peer support co-reflections.

Administrative

  • Competency with computers including word processing and spreadsheet use
  • Proficiency with office administrative tasks
  • Keep track of all data; enter data and present data in a way that accurately and professionally represents Caring Contact process activity.
  • Good organizational and time management skills are essential.
  • Attend team meetings with Unity FolkTime Staff, Unity Air Staff, and other Unity staff to maintain communication and collaborate on progress.
  • Ability to solve problems through fair negotiation and collaboration.
  • Must be able to work with minimal supervision.

Process Development

  • Provide the daily smooth operation the caring contact mission, ensuring ongoing monitoring and evaluation of the effectiveness of process.
  • Analyze trends, identify issues and recommend action plans and areas for potential alternatives to processes
  • Write, present, and discuss summaries of operations.

Qualifications:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures
  • Understands the effect of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of customer needs
  • Understands the principles of recovery, consumer-involvement and trauma-informed care

Requirements: 

  • 40-hour Oregon approved Intentional Peer Support Specialist certification required, or capable of attaining within 6 months of hire
  • 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.
  • Ability to lift or move 25lbs.

Preferred but not required:

  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree.
  • Certified Recovery Mentor
  • S. Military Veteran.
  • Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction histories. Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery preferred.

Application Process: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to nmorris-judd@folktime.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.”