Peer Support Specialist

POSTED ON 9/27/2020 CLOSED ON 10/16/2020
Butte County Hired Organization Address Oroville/Chico Area, CA Full Time

Job Posting for Peer Support Specialist at Butte County

Under close supervision, assists behavioral health professionals in providing a variety of behavioral health services in adult and youth programs including outreach, recovery training, case management and peer support to individuals receiving mental health or substance abuse services in the community.

FLSA:Non- Exempt

: A training and experience evaluation may be utilized to determine an applicant's ranking among qualified candidates. Based upon information provided in this application including responses to supplemental questions, an applicant's education, training and experience may be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Applicants should provide thoughtful and thorough responses to supplemental questions as they play an important role in this recruitment process.  All qualifying work experience that is described or included in responses to supplemental questions MUST also be included and detailed in the "Work Experience" section of this application. "See Resume" is not an acceptable response for any supplemental question.  Essential Functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include any of the following tasks, knowledge, skills and other characteristics. The list that follows is not intended as a comprehensive list; it is intended to provide a representative summary of the major duties and responsibilities. Incumbent may not be required to perform all duties listed, and may be required to perform additional, position-specific tasks.
  • Assists in providing peer support to clients/participants/families, including individuals from diverse cultural backgrounds, in navigating behavioral health services and the wellness and recovery process. 
  • Communicates, represents, and promotes the peer perspective within the behavioral health system including community outreach and educating other agencies and community members regarding the needs of clients and family members who are living with mental illness and working towards recovery. 
  • Provides peer assistance, mentoring, problem solving, and encouragement on a one-to-one basis and in peer groups. 
  • Assists in a proactive manner to facilitate education, training, and timely information to clients/participants/families which will enhance their ability to access and understand the behavioral health system. 
  • Checks in with clients; reviews Electronic Health Record for services provided, medical records, and other materials; and participates in client orientation. 
  • Advocates for client peers in the development of a strength-based wellness and recovery plan.
  • Responds to heightened situations flexibly and works with individuals in crisis.
  • Assists individuals in developing natural supports and community living, so a greater sense of identity can be established.
  • Informs clients about Medi-Cal services; helps clients to better understand the benefits of behavioral health services. 
  • Assists clients with applications; explains eligibility requirements; helps with Medi-Cal enrollment; and coordinates transportation for clients. 
  • Develops and promotes wellness and recovery groups.
  • Advocates that the needs of peers are met by appropriate family members or caregivers.
  • Documents and captures all client interaction and maintains timely reporting of same per agency standards and Medi-Cal billing requirements.
  • Observes client behavior; reports significant changes to supervisor and/or treatment team, and documents appropriately. 
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 
  • High school diploma or GED equivalent certificate. 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Successful completion of Butte County Department of Behavioral Health approved training within one year of hire date such as:
    • State approved Peer Certification Training.
    • Full Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) (2 day) training or the WRAP Facilitator (5 day) training.
    • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). 
  • A State of California driver’s license may be required. 
  • Work is performed in a clinic, home, community and/or office environment.
  • Work involves the potential exposure to hostile situations and infectious diseases.
  • Some non-standard work hours may be required. 

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