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 Position receives additional $110 stipend per week with crisis phone
- 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
- Maintain confidentiality of records relating to
- 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
- 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 (THW).
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.
LifeWorks NW is an
EEO/AA employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for
employment without regard to race, sex, national origin, disability, veteran
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