Peer Specialist – CMHC Grant

Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center

Peer Specialist – CMHC Grant
Job Details
Job LocationComal County MH Center – New Braunfels, TX
At Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Center our vision is to empower people, foster hope,
support choice, and celebrate success.



Help us help others:

The Peer Specialist is under the direct supervision of the Director of Peer Support Services and CMHC Grant Project Director. This position is fully dedicated to being a Peer Specialist for the Community Mental Health Centers (CMHC) Grant Program under the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA). The Peer Specialist is integral to the ability to provide recovery-focused support services under this grant for persons experiencing mental and/or emotional challenges and persons experiencing co-occurring challenges involving their mental and/or emotional health and substance abuse challenges. The Mental Health Peer Specialist is a person in recovery who will utilize his or her personal mental health recovery experience to instill a sense of hope and optimism for individuals with mental health challenges.

Peer support services are designed to offer recovery-oriented mental health services to individuals with the goals of restoring cognitive functioning, strengthening natural supports, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms and developing a clear path to recovery. The Peer Specialist assists team and individual in maximizing and enhancing the individual’s experience, choice, self-determination and decision-making in the planning and coordination of services. Peer support assists individuals in utilizing the service delivery system more effectively, understanding and coping with stressors by modeling, coaching and mentoring individuals to achieve their goals. This position is committed to meeting the individual where they are and providing services in the community, at place of employment, and home as appropriate, and may have flexible hours to accommodate individuals who cannot meet during regular business hours including the potential for weekend hours.

You will get to:

A willingness to share your personal experience of mental health recovery is essential
Promote and maintains a Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered environment for all individuals and staff
Value and respect every individual’s recovery experience
Engage individuals in services in the progression of person-centered recovery goals/objectives
Provide practical real-world support in coping with life’s day to day demands through modeling and coaching approaches to mental health recovery
Promote the value of self-help, peer support and personal empowerment to foster recovery
Coach individuals in positive skill-building techniques for improved life management (e.g., problem solving, identifying and overcoming fears and negative self-talk)
Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies
Effectively manage conflict, promote change and growth, and inspire the development of all individuals served
Ensure National Outcome Measures (NOMS) interviews and documentation is completed at intake, every 6 months while in services, and at discharge
Participate in quality improvement efforts to provide feedback to the CMHC Program team
Manage schedule to keep individuals served informed and updated on activities  
Attend and participate in staff meetings, case conferences, inter-disciplinary team meetings, supervision, and trainings
Utilizes Collaborative Documentation and 95% of all documentation entered within 24 hours
Maintains comprehensive documentation that meets or exceeds Department of State Health Services (DSHS) standards, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) standards
Person Centered Recovery Plans (PCRP) are developed in collaboration with the treatment team/individual/family served and any other person or provider requested by the individual /family within 10 days of admission
Coordinate discharge plans, track referrals, and provide follow-up on individuals who are released from the program
Maintain confidentiality by being knowledgeable of HIPAA and Protected Health Information (PHI)/Personally Identifiable Information (PII) policies/rules/laws/regulations
Adhere to HCMHDDC policies, and procedures, including the completion of all required training
Ensures timely communication within the department and with other departments and agencies via written correspondence, email, telephones and other means to ensure project follow through and completion
Provide face to face service hours to reach or exceed performance goals
Schedule one to one appointments which may include home visits
Provide timely notice to individuals served, and supervisor on changes to schedule
Travel and driving company or personal vehicle as required for service delivery and professional development
Attend work regularly and as scheduled
Job description may be changed to reflect job updates and requirements
Performance metrics and job duties may change to reflect operational needs of the organization and/or CMHC Grant Program
You’ll definitely need:

High school diploma or GED
Mental Health Peer Specialist Certification (Preferred – will train, must be able to obtain certification within the first year of employment)
A valid Texas State Driver’s License.
Current automobile insurance and the ability to travel when necessary.
We’ll also want you to:

Identify gaps in processes and work closely with other departments for process improvement
Demonstrated ability to listen skillfully and collect relevant information 
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
Strong leadership skills with ability to motivate and encourage others
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software
Comfortable working with technology and can easily navigate new technology platforms
Efficiently move through a to-do list and effectively prioritize and triage competing demands
Passion for connecting individuals and families with excellent care
Can successfully work remote
Sustain a calm demeanor when under pressure to handle sometimes difficult situations.
Provide exemplary customer service and care to your team.
Work autonomously to complete assignments. 
Work cooperatively with others and be punctual and consistent in attendance because your people will rely on you!
We’re excited to provide:

PPO health insurance plan, with option to add dependents.
PPO dental plans and vision insurance options for healthy teeth and eyes.
Employer paid life insurance.
403(b) and 457 retirement plan options with company matching (457) to build retirement savings so you can retire someday.
Generous paid time off for fun and vacations and paid sick time for when you’re under the weather.
Authentic and caring environment where folks care about each other.
We can pay you:

$34,300 annually and benefits plus good karma for doing good in the world. 

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