Peer Support Specialist 1186

LifeWorks NW provides services for adults with severe and persistent mental illness.

The Peer Support Specialist position provides additional support for adult clients needing assistance to stay in the community and not be hospitalized.

This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Beaverton location (Portland metro area). 

Days/Hours: This is a full-time position, working 40 hours per week. This position works Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Pay/Benefits: $16.21 to $17.43 per hour. Full benefits

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Uses a Person-Centered approach to create and work on a Peer-Assisted Wellness Recovery Plan tailored to the specific needs of the individual receiving services.
  • Uses his/her own experiences as guided by training and also models the principles of recovery for those they work with, including gaining greater independence, emphasize wellness and self-determination.
  • Assists the persons they work with to identify and utilize natural community supports to decrease dependence on the traditional mental health system.
  • Work with clients to develop wellness and recovery goals towards what the client wants for their lives.
  • Present a model of someone in recovery and share their own experiences as their training provided guidance.
  • Work with clients on specific and obtainable goals included in the person's ISSP.
  • Provides support to clients who are having symptoms that could result in hospitalization. Duties could include grocery shopping, meal preparation or just spending time with clients until they feel secure enough to be on their own
  • Assists clients in accessing community resources such as food boxes, healthcare appointments and other services as appropriate.
  • Assists clients in maintaining medication compliance. May deliver medications, makes reminder calls and home visits to ensure compliance.
  • Maintain confidentiality of records relating to clients' treatment.
  • Meets standards for documentation and accuracy of work.
  • Meets standards for client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork.
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Educate and advocate for the values and principles of Peer Delivered Services and the Recovery Model.
  • Checks e-mail/voice mail daily/throughout the day when working responding to contacts within 48 hours for routine matter (urgent matters may require a more immediate response)

Requirements:

  • Must hold a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program.
  • Must be able to provide required letter from the Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) with the Traditional Health Worker Number (THW). If interviewed, must be able to provide a copy of the letter.
  • Must have experience working with adults diagnosed with severe and persistent mental illness. 
  • Transporting clients in a personal vehicle is required. Must have access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage, and ability to meet driving requirements.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.


LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to over 30,000 youths, adults, and older adults in Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas counties. LifeWorks NW promotes a healthy community by providing quality and culturally responsive mental health and addiction services across the lifespan. Core values include Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results. The four pillars of the strategic vision include Compassionate, Impactful Care, Holistic Health, Passionate Team, and Thriving Organization. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are critical to successfully achieving the mission. LifeWorks NW is committed to advancing our equity and inclusion work with an emphasis on ensuring an anti-racist organizational culture and practice.  We strive to continuously improve the cultural competence and cultural humility of LifeWorks NW, its staff, and its services to clients and consumers in all aspects including race, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, socio-economic background and status, age, religion, veteran status, citizen status, and ability. LifeWorks NW creates and upholds a work environment that is respectful and inclusive for all. LifeWorks NW services are effective across cultural groups.

Equal Opportunity Employer

www.lifeworksnw.org

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