PACT Peer Support Specialist

$37,616.59 - $62,693.70 yr
Feb 12, 2017
May 29, 2017
Full Time

Provides non-clinical case management support to adult individuals with serious and persistent mental illness and/or co-occurring disorders who receive services through a multidisciplinary intensive community treatment team. The services are typically provided in non-traditional, community based settings (e.g., unsheltered settings, homeless shelters, jails, hospitals, consumer homes, job sites). Provides role modeling and skills building opportunities such as budgeting, time management, independent living skills and interpersonal communication techniques. Ethical responsibility and personal boundaries must be maintained while delivering services in this role. Facilitates WRAP and other recovery oriented self-help groups, in addition to facilitating the establishment of peer support networks, natural supports, and social support systems. Offers personal insight and education on the process of recovery to individuals served by the team, teammates, and other providers as needed. Complies with CSB, licensing, and third party payment policies and regulation, documents delivered services in clients' electronic health records, and participates in clinical and administrative team meetings. Must have good driving record and ability to safely transport clients to meetings and appointments.

Illustrative Duties
  • Facilitates wellness and recovery groups (psycho-educational) and teaches recovery principles one on one;
  • Assists individuals to fully participate in the communities where they live and work by orienting individuals to community resources, educating how to access, and advocating for increased opportunities for involvement;
  • Facilitates communication and understanding between recipients and providers of services so that providers make better informed recommendations and recipients make better informed choices;
  • Explains services and procedures to individuals being served, and anyone they want to be involved for their support, so they know what to expect;
  • Assists recipients to articulate their needs and concerns to providers;
  • Provides a welcoming and supportive atmosphere for individuals receiving services;
  • Serves as advocate and liaison between individuals, families, staff, and physicians;
  • Assists clinical staff with supporting those being served and reviewing their progress in life skills and activities of daily living, and immediately consults with clinicians when consumers are in psychiatric crisis or appear to be at risk
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Ability to use one's lived personal experience of mental illness and experience with accessing different levels of care;
  • Ability to use one's lived experience to further healthy, positive interactions with consumers at differing levels of engagement;
  • Ability to observe client behavior/appearance, converse with clients, family members and coworkers;
  • Knowledge of the basic principles, process and components of recovery;
  • Knowledge of ethics and boundaries as they relate to the peer specialist practice;
  • Knowledge of human services available from public, private and volunteer organizations;
  • Ability to establish rapport and maintain effective relationships and boundaries with individuals receiving services, staff, and the general public;
  • Ability to retrieve, compose and save progress notes into the electronic health record;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of clinical and medical records;
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Employment Standards MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:
Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to graduation from high school or a GED issued by a state department of education, plus one year of experience in providing peer recovery and support services.

Experience working with seriously mentally ill adults for at least 3 years; bilingual (Spanish/English); certified Peer Recovery Specialist (CPRS) and Consumer Empowerment and Leadership Training (CELT) credentials; qualified Mental Health Provider-Adult (QMHP); training in mindfulness, and/or emotion regulation and/or dialectical behavioral therapy; trauma informed peer support training.

  • Certificate of Completion of Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP);
  • WRAP Facilitator Certification within six months of appointment;
  • Valid motor vehicle driver's license with fewer than six demerit points (or equivalent in another state) at time of appointment and maintained throughout employment with CSB, for positions in residential programs;
  • First Aid and CPR certification within 90 days of appointment and maintained throughout CSB employment.
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a Child Protective Services Registry, and a check with the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to the satisfaction of the employer.

PACT provides year-round program coverage. Variable shift coverage between 8 a.m. - 9 p.m. M-F and between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and holidays. Peer Support Specialist shift tends to be between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. M-F. Actual shift assignments are determined and adjusted by manager based on program needs.

Able to drive a car and conduct out of office visits in homes, hospitals, jails, shelters, or outdoors; able to sit, walk, stand & bend; able to directly support and assist individuals in unconventional treatment settings; able to operate keyboard driven computer equipment, tablet device, and enter/retrieve data on electronic health record. All duties perform with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. Fairfax County is proud to offer employees an attractive and comprehensive benefits program, including the following:
  • Medical/Vision/Dental Insurance Coverage
  • Flexible Spending Programs
  • Contributory Retirement Plan
  • Life Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Paid Leave (Sick and Vacation)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employees' Child Care Center and Fitness Center
  • Flexible Schedule and Telework Options
  • Transportation Subsidy
  • Discount Educational Programs
For additional details please visit the County's benefits webpage.
01 What is the highest level of education that you have completed?
  • Less than 12th grade
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Some college
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
  • Doctorate degree
02 Do you possess a Certification of Completion of Wellness and Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)?
  • Yes
  • No
03 How many years of experience do you have providing peer/recovery support services?
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five or more years
  • None of the above
04 Do you possess a Peer Specialist Certification or will obtain certification within one year?
  • Yes
  • No
05 How many years of experience do you have providing mental health services in the community?
  • Less than one year
  • One to less than two years
  • Two to less than three years
  • Three to less than four years
  • Four to less than five years
  • Five or more years
  • None of the above
06 This position may require staff to work some evenings, weekends and holidays. Are you willing and able to work these hours?
  • Yes
  • No
07 Do you have a valid driver's license?
  • Yes
  • No
08 Are you bilingual and/or fluent in English or Spanish?
  • Yes
  • No

Required Question

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