Peer Support Specialist – MCRT

Peer Support Specialist – MCRT Team, FolkTime, Inc.

About FolkTime: Founded in 1985, Folk-Time, Inc. is a non-profit community service agency whose ongoing commitment is to provide a culture of inclusiveness. By promoting a recovery-oriented support system that focuses on hope, choice, connection, personal responsibility, and self-determination, FolkTime has provided support and advocacy for those with shared lived experiences in the Portland Metro area for over 35 years.

Mission Statement: Dedicated to connecting individuals with shared lived experiences through Intentional Peer Support

JOB SITE:  Clackamas Mental Health Center (CMHC)

REPORTS TO:  Clackamas Program Manager

WORK HOURS:  1.0 FTE or 40 hours/week, work days Tuesday through Saturday

PROGRAM:  Clinical Programs

POSITION SUMMARY: This position will work mainly with the Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) and will be expected to be available for multiple outreaches in the community. This position works collaboratively with Clackamas County Behavioral Health’s Crisis Teams at CMHC using a trauma-informed, holistic recovery model to support individuals with whom may be experiencing crisis or distress. The MCRT 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 MCRT 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 issues and their professional training.

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 early triggers and signs of relapse and use their individual 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.
  • Support individuals transitioning through the criminal justice system or who are at risk of becoming involved with the criminal justice system
  • Address gender specific trauma and/or life stressors that are impacting individuals in their recovery
  • Encourage people to engage in community support programs, 12-step programs, and the life enrichment activities
  • Complete all required documentation in a timely manner.

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 report to work on time.
  • Must have valid driver’s license and auto insurance and/or be capable of traveling on public transit when required
  • Ability to utilize personal vehicle for transporting clients/peers. FolkTime will reimburse for mileage at .645 cents/mile

PREFERRED BUT NOT REQUIRED:

  • Experience working with adults with mental health challenges and addictions recovery.
  • Completion of Intentional Peer Support Training.
  • S. Military veteran.
  • Bachelors or advanced degree.
  • Members of BIPOC and LGBTQ communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary starts at $ 19.00 per hour. This position is eligible for Medical, Vision, and Dental benefits as well as generous paid time off (PTO).

TO APPLY: Please submit a cover letter and resume by email to Shannon Farr: sfarr@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