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Job Title: Peer Support Specialist

Job Site: Stewart Center/Hilltop Clinic/Sandy Clinic

FTE: .8FTE or 32 hours/week

Position Summary: This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Adult Team at Stewart Center using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with significant mental health challenges. The Peer Support Specialist at Stewart Center 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 Stewart Center 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.

Major Duties:

  • 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 few 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 clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at 54.5 cents/mile

Preferred but not Required:

  • Experience working with individuals diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness
  • 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:
Submit a cover letter and resume by email 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:Peer Support Specialist

Job Site:  Unity Center for Behavioral Health

FTE: 1.0 FTE or 40 hours/week

The PES Peer Support offers peer support to individuals who are utilizing services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health’s Psychiatric Emergency Services. PES peer support specialist (PSS) will meet individuals within the Psychiatric Emergency Services, and will support individuals during their stay.

The Peer Bridger peer support specialist (PSS) offers transitional peer support to individuals who have utilized services at Unity Center for Behavioral Health. Peer Bridgers will initially meet individuals within the Psychiatric Emergency Services and Inpatient Units, and will support individuals in the community before and after discharge.

Both a PES and a Bridger peer support specialist (PSS), as someone who personally identifies as a peer and has traveled similar roads of distress, discomfort, and trauma, can serve as a positive support. PES PSS and Bridger PSS 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.

Major Duties:

  • 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
  • Explores support systems for alternative modes of transportation such as car-to-go, buses, and bicycles.
  • 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 support and participant 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.
  • Explore opportunities to engage in community supports including but not limited to: support groups, 12-step programs, and other life enrichment activities
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner
  • Seek referrals from clinical staff as well as self-initiate contact with peers as appropriate
  • Coordinate with Peer Supervisor to ensure that all referrals are addressed in a timely manner, and ensure that referrals fit within the intended scope of the Unity Peer Support program.
  • Attend case conferences and staff meetings to gain knowledge and communicate program goals and the needs of the individuals being served.
  • Participates in data collection administering outcome measurement tools with individuals being served.

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
  • Promotes the belief in every peer’s ability to learn, grow and recover.
  • Understands impact of personal biases and worldview and how they may interfere with effectively working with individuals representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, language and life experiences.
  • Value peers’ right to make their own decisions and as the “experts” in their own lives.
  • Keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions

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 25 lbs.

Preferred but not required:

  • Prior completion of Intentional Peer Support
  • Certified Recovery Mentor
  • Bachelors or advanced degree
  • U.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.
  • Lived experience and understanding of the unique difficulties of those who are transient or experiencing houselessness.
  • Verbal fluency in Spanish
  • Ability to drive, have a car and ability use your personal vehicle for work related purposes.

Salary and Benefits: Competitive starting wage with prorated Paid Time Off (PTO) and benefits. Benefits package includes health, vision and dental insurance (only available for positions that are .7 FTE and above).

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.”

 


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.”