Peer Support Specialist – The Living Room
Location: McKinney, Texas, United States
Peer Support Specialist will work under supervision and as part of a multi-disciplinary team support team that includes LPHA’s, QMHP’s, and prescribers to assist individuals in services to move toward recovery.
Peer Support Specialists work alongside, complement, and enhance the work of the clinical team. By drawing on their own lived experience navigating behavioral health systems can inspire hope and model relationships built on respect, trust and validation. By sharing their own lived experience, peers help individuals to enhance wellness, create strategies for self-empowerment, and take concrete steps toward building fulfilling, self-determined lives for themselves. Walking alongside the individual on their journey, the peer support provider is an ally and advocate for individuals with mental health concerns. This mutuality, often called “peerness” promotes connection, builds rapport, and inspires hope.
Peer Support Specialist will be able to assist and support the individual in identifying and developing community and natural supports while also sharing community resources that are available to the youth.
Peer Support Specialist will collaborate with the team to ensure that services and agency culture are trauma informed, culturally and linguistically competent, and person driven.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, & EXPERIENCE
Must have either 1) a High School Diploma; OR 2) a High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) issued in accordance with the law of the issuing state.
Additionally, must have at least one cumulative year of receiving mental health community services with a primary diagnosis of mental illness and/or substance used disorder.
Must demonstrate, at minimum, one-year active recovery and/or sobriety.
Fully certified as Peer Specialist highly desired.
ESSENTIAL TASKS & STANDARDS
Provide Peer Support Services to eligible consumers. Services may include skills training, peer support, medication education & support, or outreach & engagement services.
Establish and develop appropriate consumer relationships of trust, hope, and empowerment by sharing own lived experiences to facilitate achievement of consumers recovery goals.
Understands and implements trauma informed care practices.
Demonstrates effective problem-solving skills.
Appropriate Use of LifePath Systems Equipment and Materials
Provide crisis services and problem solving assistance to staff and individuals in BH program.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
Knowledge, experience, and proficiency in using standard Microsoft Office programs and systems databases.
Strong professional verbal and written communication skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively partner with individual and team members.
Must have a willingness to disclose their lived experience, where appropriate, for the purpose of empowerment.
Must be willing to work flexible hours that are convenient for individuals.
Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
Knowledge of mental health disorders and recovery concepts.
Able to travel to attend Peer Specialist Certification training if necessary
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS
Must have valid Texas Driver License and a good driving record.
Must be able to pass a criminal background check.
Must be able to complete all LifePath Systems training.
Must be able to provide at least 3 professional or educational references.
Salary Range: $13.46 – $15.38 per hour
Shift Hours: Immediate hours for training are Monday – Friday 8am to 5pm. Hours may vary to meet the needs of the program and the individuals we serve.
We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental, FSA, 401(k), voluntary benefits, Paid Time Off (PTO) and Extended Illness (EI), and Holidays.
If interested, please complete an online application at LifePath Systems Job Openings and attach your resume
Equal Opportunity Employer
LifePath Systems is an equal opportunity employer (Minorities/Females/Disabled/Veterans). We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.
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To apply for this job please visit www.lifepathsystems.org.