This full-time position is a member of LifeWorks NW's ACT team. ACT is an intensive Assertive Community Treatment fidelity program. This is a community-based program, with approximately 80% of your time spent in the community. Our team works with adults, ages 18-99, who have severe and persistent mental illness who need intensive, wrap around services to assist with issues including (but not limited to) difficulty with housing, social support, interactions with law enforcement, addictions, economic status, employment, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, interpersonal skills, basic needs, and general independent living skills that are barriers to residing independently in the community.
The Peer Support Specialist position provides additional support for adult clients needing assistance to stay in the community and not be hospitalized.
Hours: This is a full-time position, working 40 hours per week. This position is also responsible for the ACT 24-hour crisis phone one week out of every 7 weeks.
Pay/Benefits: $16.05 to $17.25 per hour Full benefits.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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. If interviewed, must be able to provide a copy of the letter.
- 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.
- Familiar with developmental needs of adults.
- Basic computer skills including keyboarding, use of mouse, ability to navigate website and use common web browser.
LifeWorks NW believes that diversity strengthens our workforce and empowers our community.
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