Employment

Founded in 1986, Folk-Time, Inc. connects people with the shared experience of living with mental health and substance abuse challenges through peer support and community based activities. The agency focuses on wellness and recovery.

Job Title: Family Peer Support Specialist

REPORTS TO: Grant Fagot

LOCATION: Clackamas County Behavioral Health Child and Family Team (Hilltop Clinic)

PAY: $16.00/hr.

WORK HOURS: FTE: .8 FTE or 32 hours per week

DEPARTMENT: Clinical Programs

JOB SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Child and Family team at Hilltop Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support families receiving mental health services through the Child and Family team at Hilltop. The Family Peer Support Specialist at Hilltop provides opportunities for families 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; and promotes the development of natural support systems outside the clinic setting. The Family Peer’s role is to support the family, help them to engage and actively participate on their team/or treatment process and make informed decisions that drive that process. The Family Peer Support creates relationships of hope and co-learning with families receiving services and service providers by drawing on their own lived experience with mental health issues and their professional training.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Inspire hope for families in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals and families in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities and assets, then using them to foster recovery
  • Support individuals and families in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • Facilitate weekly groups with peers and/or parents and caregivers to create a culture of peer support, recovery and accountability.
  • Work collaboratively and successfully with staff within the mental health services model while promoting peer support.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals and families actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress.
  • 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.” Experience as a parent or guardian raising a child with emotional, behavioral, mental health, developmental or other health challenges is a plus.
  • Ability to articulate the experience and perspective of a parent/caregiver of a child with complex needs.
  • Must have an understanding of the unique needs and struggles of individuals and families simultaneously experiencing mental and physical health distress.
  • 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 a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 within last 6 months.
  • Must be able 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 clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 55 cents/mile. (Current COVID-19 protocols do not require peer transportation, however this could change as COVID-19 protocols change.)
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED:
  • Experience working with individuals with mental health diagnosis.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • U.S. Military veteran
Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $16 per hour with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO). Includes health, vision and dental insurance.

Application Process for External Candidates: Submit a cover letter and resume to Grant Fagot, gfagot@folktime.org. In your cover letter, please address the following: “Explain how you would draw on your own experiences both personal and professional in order to support families who are experiencing mental health distress.”

Job Title: Peer Support Specialist

REPORTS TO: Grant Fagot

LOCATION: Clackamas County Behavioral Health (Sandy Clinic)

PAY: $16.00/hr.

WORK HOURS: FTE: .8 FTE or 32 hours per week

DEPARTMENT: Clinical Programs

JOB SUMMARY: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Adult Team at Sandy Clinic using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at the Sandy Clinic 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 at the Sandy Clinic 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 issues and their professional training.

ROLES & RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Inspire hope for persons in recovery through sharing life experiences as appropriate to the recovery process.
  • Support individuals in recognizing their own unique strengths, abilities and assets, then using them to foster recovery.
  • Support individuals in recognizing triggers and using their own unique ways to manage distress as an alternative to seeking structured services.
  • 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 services model while promoting peer support.
  • Actively participate in team meetings and in all discussions with staff to promote recovery from a peer perspective.
  • Encourage peers to engage in support programs and life-enrichment activities in the community as a means to building a natural support network outside the clinic setting.
QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Must be comfortable working with individuals actively experiencing symptoms of mental distress.
  • 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.”
  • 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 and physical health distress.
  • 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 a trauma informed care and harm reduction models of support.
REQUIREMENTS:
  • 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 within last 6 months.
  • Must be able 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 clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 55 cents/mile. (Current COVID-19 protocols do not require peer transportation, however this could change as COVID-19 protocols change.)
PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED:
  • Experience working with individuals with mental health diagnosis.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • U.S. Military veteran
Salary and Benefits: Salary starts at $16 per hour with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO). Includes health, vision and dental insurance.

Application Process for External Candidates: Submit a cover letter and resume to Grant Fagot, gfagot@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.”

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 traveled 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 jstrauser@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.”