Peer Support Specialist #885

LifeWorks NW is a private, non-profit organization providing prevention, mental health, substance use treatment, and related social services to youths, adults, and older adults in over fifteen locations throughout 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.

Our core values-Recovery and Relationships, Resilience, and Results-inform the work we do. 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. We know that "life works" when people get the help they need and are dedicated to changing lives.

The Peer Support Specialist provides a variety of recovery-oriented services to individuals enrolled in early intervention and transition age youth programs who have self-identified as desiring peer supports.  The Peer Support Specialist works, to promote greater independence, community integration and recovery. Services provided by peers (people who have had the experience of mental health treatment and have certification in Peer Support) include a wide variety of supports, services and advocacy that contribute to a client's ability to engage in ongoing treatment and work towards less dependence on traditional mental health treatment. These activities acknowledge the importance of involving significant others and other natural supports in the persons treatment that could positively impact their recovery. 

As a behavioral health organization, LifeWorks NW employees are required to have had their COVID 19 vaccination (or have an approved medical/religious exemption) per State of Oregon rules. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination is required upon hire. 

Location: This position is based out of LifeWorks NW's Rockwood site. 

Pay/Benefits: $17.02 to $18.30 per hour. This position is 40 hours a week. Full benefits.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:  (These responsibilities must be able to be performed with or without reasonable accommodation.)

  • 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 as defined in the Performance Evaluation.
  • Meets standards as defined in the Performance Evaluation for client care, quality/customer service, attendance/punctuality and teamwork. 
  • Continually increase level of cultural sensitivity, awareness and competency.
  • Participates in regular individual and team meetings with supervisor.  Provides written and verbal reports to supervisor regarding cases. Attends informational and clinical meetings which may include all-agency meetings, team meetings, consultation meetings with psychiatrist, staffings, intra-agency trainings, etc.  Attend and contribute positively to team meetings, agency and interdisciplinary meetings.
  • Educate and advocate for the values and principles of Peer Delivered Services and the Recovery Model.
  • Completes Service Activity Logs (S/AL's) on a timely basis.
  • 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) 
  • Completes online training courses as assigned 

Qualifications:  (Equivalent education and/or experience may be substituted for qualifications. 

  • Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities.  To perform this job successfully, the employee will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each task proficiently.)
  • Self-identifies as a current or former recipient of mental health services 
  • Holds a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program. Holds a Traditional Health Worker number from the Oregon Health Authority's Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI).
  • Demonstrate effective communication skills and ability to provide culturally-competent treatment services to diverse client populations.
  • Familiar with developmental needs of adults.
  • Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
  • Transporting clients in a personal vehicle may be required. If required, access to car, valid driver's license, proof of current automobile insurance coverage and ability to meet driving requirements are necessary.
  • Ability to perform essential functions of job without creating a direct threat to the safety of self or
  • others.

Equal Opportunity Employer

www.lifeworksnw.org

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