CERT PEER SPECIALIST

The Center for Health Care Services (CHCS)

Job Description

GENERAL SUMMARY
The Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) is an individual who self identifies as having direct personal experience living with mental illness and/or substance abuse recovery, with a primary diagnosis of mental illness or dual diagnosis Experience in navigating systems to obtain services for their child/family. The CPS skillfully uses personal lived experience in recovery from a mental health or substance use condition to provide support to consumers in a clinical setting.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
Essential functions are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation. The list of essential functions, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the tasks performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning essential duties not listed herein if such duties relate to the position.
• Assists consumers with linking to appropriate internal and external services (housing /employment /independent living, etc.), and navigating systems essential to recovery and growth.
• Assists Care Manager with data collected from.
• Assists consumers to court, doctor appointments, or other appointments needed.
• Conducts home and clinic face to face sessions. Administers case notes.
• Ensures clinical documentation is submitted in accordance with CHCS’s standards and meets all designated requirements.
• Ensures daily activities of consumers are completed in a timely manner.
• Provides daily life skills to consumers, including information on self-care and hygiene.
• Provides support in daily activities for individuals with substance abuse issues for mental health recovery.
• Performs other related duties as required.

 

Specific Program Descriptions:
• SMART Program–Specialized Multidisciplinary Alternate Response Team, a collaborative aimed at creating a multidisciplinary mental health response team in partnership with Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO), Acadian Ambulance and The Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council (STRAC). The team consists of licensed mental health professionals, peer support specialists, mental health deputy and a paramedic. As part of this team, the SMART Certified Peer Support Specialist will use specified triage criteria developed by Bexar County Dispatch team to identify low level 9-1-1 mental health related calls in order to dispatch the SMART team to respond. The target population are individuals experiencing a mental health crisis that are otherwise non-violent and in need of access to treatment.
• NAS Residential Treatment Program– Intensive residential substance abuse treatment program open to pregnant women and mothers of minor children, including those seeking reunification with children in Texas Department of Family and Protective Services custody. Provides trauma-informed and gender-specific treatment targets mothers who are struggling with an opioid substance use disorder. Services include comprehensive case management assists in achieving stable recovery and preservation of the consumer’s family.
• Providing Opportunities for Wellness, Empowerment & Resilience (POWER) Program-
Coordinated Specialty Care services for Bexar County consumers ages 15-30 years who are experiencing First Episode Psychosis. Program provides intensive, wrap-around services by a team of clinicians and peer support specialists.
• Primary Care– Comprehensive and coordinated medical care throughout the course of life. From diagnosis and treatment for a broad range of conditions or illnesses, to preventive care, onsite Primary Care Clinics offers the following services: routine checkups, health risk assessments, immunizations, screening tests, general health care maintenance, well women exams, and behavioral health consultations.
• Project for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness (PATH) — Serves individuals who are homeless or are at risk of homelessness and have serious mental illnesses with connection to mainstream services.
SMART Program Duties
• Assists individuals identified by SMART to doctor appointments, intake into placement/housing, navigation of community resources and other appointments needed.
• Completes patient/family satisfaction follow-up to help evaluate the SMART team response experience.
• Participates (in coordination and communication with BCSO and Acadian team members) in the progress of individuals that are receiving services and navigation during linkage efforts by the SMART Team.
• Provides support in daily activities for individuals with substance abuse issues for mental health recovery.
• Supports the SMART team response by providing navigation for individuals engaged by the team.
• Utilizes personal vehicle to meet the needs determined by the SMART Team in order to support resource linkage efforts.
• Performs other related duties as required.
Primary Care Duties
• Completes NOMS (National Outcome Measures) assessments, reassessments and enter required data in SPARS (SAMHSA’s Performance Accountability and Reporting System) as applicable.
• Establishes and develops appropriate consumer relationships of trust, hope and empowerment by sharing own lived experiences to facilitate achievement of consumers’ recovery goals; provide community outreach.
• Identifies and addresses barriers to recovery and foster recovery assets.
• Under supervision and as part of a support team, provide peer-to-peer services to consumers, assisting them to achieve their recovery goals.
• Performs other related duties as required.
MINIMUM ENTRANCE QUALIFICATIONS
Education and Experience
• High School diploma or equivalency
• One (1) year of lived experience with substance abuse or mental health required.
• One (1) year of experience working on recovery and able to manage own wellness
• Transparency in disclosure of personal mental illness or substance use diagnosis for the purpose of educating, role modeling and providing hope to others about the reality of recovery
Licenses or Certifications
• Certified Peer Specialist that will provide services through Medicaid must hold the Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) certification through the Texas Certification Board or Wales Education Services
• Current CPS (Certified Peer Specialist) certification
• CHCS programs may require one or more of the following Certified Peer Specialist certifications such as:
o Mental Health Peer Specialist (MHPS) supports those working in Recovery support within the field of mental health and/or co-occurring disorders.
o Peer Recovery Support Specialist (PRSS) supports those working in peer recovery support within the field of chemical dependency, mental health and/or co-occurring disorders. (Must hold the RSPS/MHPS certification prior to applying for the PRSS)
o Recovery Support Peer Specialist (RSPS) supports those working in Recovery Support Peer within the field of chemical dependency, mental health and/or co-occurring disorders.
Other Requirements
• Must maintain a valid driver’s license and automobile insurance coverage, be able to travel as needed, and be able to meet on a consistent basis the driving record requirements of the Company’s auto insurance carrier if you drive your vehicle during company business
• Must maintain required credentials and mandatory training requirements to ensure compliance with all State regulations and CHCS policies
• Must be able to meet the physical requirements to complete SAMA and CPR training including lifting up to 12 lbs. and supporting up to 55 lbs.; bending, stooping and getting on and off the floor without assistance.

COVID-19 Mandate Requirements
Unvaccinated Staff options:
a. Get Vaccinated per the CMS Mandate.
b. Have a medical/religious exemption. Unvaccinated staff will need to test once a week at the employees own time/expense and must wear enhanced PPE to include an N95 face mask and a face shield.
c. Consumer facing staff DO NOT have the option to be unvaccinated without an exemption.
d. If the position is not consumer facing, staff members may continue to be unvaccinated, without an exemption and test once a week at the employee’s own time/expense and must wear enhanced PPE to include an N95 face mask and a face shield.
Vaccinated Staff options:
a. For employees who are vaccinated and consumer facing, we are continuing to require wearing an N95 mask.
b. For all other vaccinated employees, we are requiring a cloth, surgical or N95 mask be worn in all shared spaces.
c. Vaccinated employees may only go unmasked if in a single occupancy office.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
• Bilingual (English / Spanish)
• Experience working in an organization providing mental health and substance use services
SUPERVISION
• Job has no responsibility for the direction or supervision of others.

COMPETENCIES FOR SUCCESSFUL PERFORMANCE OF JOB DUTIES
Knowledge of:
• Applicable software applications
• Case management
• Community resources
• Evidence base and forensic practices
• Modern office procedures, methods and computer equipment
• Recovery techniques
Skilled in:
• Counseling
• Organization and time management
• Performing a variety of duties, often changing from one task to another of a different nature
• Planning
• Professional verbal and written skills
Ability to:
• Accurately organize and maintain paper documents and electronic files
• Effectively communicate, both verbally and in writing
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships
• Maintain accurate and complete records
• Maintain the confidentiality of information and professional boundaries
• Meet schedules and deadlines of the work
• Provide advocacy with a non-judgmental approach to working with families
• Understand and carry out oral and written directions
• Utilize different treatment modalities
PHYSICAL DEMANDS
• Must be able to meet the physical requirements to complete SAMA and CPR training including lifting up to 12 lbs. and supporting up to 55 lbs.; bending, stooping and getting on and off the floor without assistance.
• Must have adequate mobility that requires frequent walking, standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, reaching (vertical and horizontal), using fingers, hands, feet, legs and torso in various care. The employee must be able to regularly lift and/or move up to 40 pounds and occasionally must lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• The employee must be able to occasionally provide transportation to a consumer and physically assist consumer with maneuvering themselves.

 

Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:30pm – 7137 Military Dr

To apply for this job please visit selfservice.chcsbc.org.

To apply for this job please visit selfservice.chcsbc.org.

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