Position:  Peer Specialist
Location:  Birmingham, AL
Job Id:  638
# of Openings:  0

Peer Specialist, Part-time
Normal Work Hours/Days:  Monday - Friday; Varied schedule 
 
Peer Specialists encourages and supports individuals with successful management of their mental health recovery.  The Project supports individuals transitioning to more independent living using these primary service interventions: Engagement in a personal, positive, supportive relationship with a peer, linkage to a broad range of community-based service and natural supports, teaching community adjustment and wellness self-management skills.
 
PRIMARY JOB FUNCTIONS:
 
The Peer Specialist provides intensive support through a personalized balance of social, recreational, skill teaching and linkage development services for  individual match relationships 
 
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.
 
Peer Specialist will actively facilitate mutual support meetings.  
 
Completion of meeting report forms and sign in sheets for each meeting
 
The Peer Specialist will perform travel and reporting responsibilities for match relationships.  
 
One on one meetings with supervisor once per month
 
Completion of all documentation requirements for provided services, weekly
 
Participation in mandatory bi-weekly Peer Bridger Team meetings and all scheduled training.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: 

High School Diploma or GED required

Must possess a Motor vehicle

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.

Must demonstrate lived experience with Mental illness and be a role model to others pursuing recovery


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:

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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