Position:  Peer Specialist
Location:  Oneonta, AL
Job Id:  682
# of Openings:  0

Peer Specialist
Normal Work Hours/Days: Part time, 20 hours per week   
Location: Blount and St. Clair Counties
The Peer Specialist supports individuals who are in the community but still receiving services from JBS with successful management of their mental health recovery.  Peer Specialist will  support individuals transitioning to independent living using four primary service interventions:
*       Engagement in a personal, positive, supportive relationship with a peer
*       Involvement in an array of Peer Support Meetings located in the community
*       Linkage to a broad range of community-based service and natural supports
*       Teaching community adjustment and wellness self-management skills        
The Community Peer Specialist provides intensive support through a personalized balance of social, recreational, skill teaching and linkage development services for individual match relationships as demonstrated by:
  • Schedule of individual contacts of two to three hours with each match at least once per week
  • Initiation of dialogue with matches about skills and supports during individual meetings once per week.
  • Establishment of linkages that result in the match’s active use of resources in the community. 
 The Community Peer Specialist should actively facilitate successful mutual support meetings, as demonstrated by:
  • Facilitation of peer/mutual support meetings
  • Completion of meeting report forms and sign in sheets for each meeting.
The Community Peer Specialist will obtain and maintain certification as a Certified Peer Specialist (CPS), as demonstrated by:
  • Attendance at CPS Initial training and ongoing Continuing Education training provided by Alabama Department of Mental Health.
The Peer Bridger will perform travel and reporting responsibilities for match relationships, as demonstrated by:
  • Activity reports and travel forms
  • One on one meetings with the supervisor once per month
  • Completion of all documentation requirements for provided services, weekly
  • Participation in mandatory Peer Services meetings and all scheduled training.
High School Diploma or GED required.
Motor vehicle required.
Valid Alabama driver's license and driving record acceptable to agency automobile insurance carrier for inclusion on agency policy.  If using personal vehicle must show and maintain car insurance equal to or in excess of the State of Alabama standards for automobile insurance coverage.
Must create a recovery plan within 6 months of hire.
Must attain Certification upon hire and maintain certification.
Must demonstrate lived experience with Mental illness and be a role model to others pursuing recovery
  • Have demonstrated experience in using the power and potential of your own recovery story as a tool to educate and inspire peers and non-peer staff
  • Must be a good role model and be in active recovery for their own mental illness.
  • Have the ability to convey a message of hope and recovery for people with psychiatric disabilities.
  • Have demonstrated experience with and knowledge of the Alabama State public mental health system,
  • Have demonstrated knowledge of advocacy, self-help and empowerment programs for recipients of mental health services
  • Have the ability to complete basic documentation requirements regarding work activities

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