Peer Support Specialist
Community Services Group (CSG), one of the largest Human Services Providers in PA, is looking for a caring and compassionate person to join our team of dedicated professionals in Lancaster County!
We are recruiting for a Peer Support Specialist for our NEW Adult Mental Health Transition To Community Program in Lancaster, PA. This is a Part-Time position and hours will be determined by needs of individuals and program.
The Transition To Community Program will be a 6 bed Residential Treatment Facility for Adults. Individuals referred to this program may have varied backgrounds that might include involvement with the criminal justice system, incarceration, probation or parole. Additionally, this program will receive referrals from other venues such as State Hospitals, Acute Care Hospitals, Extended Acute Care Hospitals and other residential programs. The goal of the program is to connect the individuals with the community as soon as possible. This would include building a support system, accessing programming and services, securing affordable housing, understanding the public transportation system etc. depending upon each individual’s goals.
At CSG, A Peer Support Specialist is a person who has progressed in their own recovery and promotes self-determination, personal responsibility, empowerment inherent in self-directed recovery, and assists individuals with mental illness in the individual’s recovery process.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Ensures individuals’ health, safety, welfare, and enhances the quality of individual’s lives.
- Supports and assists individuals in the recovery process through coaching, mentoring, and integrating with the community.
- Identifies individuals’ abilities, strengths, and assets (both internal and external) and assists them to recognize these strengths and use them to achieve their goals.
- Documents program information and other contacts.
- Provides information regarding observation of and interactions with individuals
- Provides support in interviewing individuals to obtain information regarding their satisfaction/dissatisfaction.
- Serves as an advocate for support of individuals.
- Collaborates and cooperates with involved agencies, family members, and other supports.
- Participates in meetings and provides relevant information as directed.
- Utilizes community resources to promote community integration and individuals’ independence.
Certified Adult Peer duties only (in addition to core duties):
- Assist individuals in developing and achieving self-directed goals.
- Assists individuals in articulating goals for recovery, helping monitor progress in treatment, modeling effective coping techniques and self-help strategies based on recovery experience, and advocating for the individual to secure needed services and financial entitlements.
- Provides coverage in emergency situations.
- Transports individuals in personal and/or company vehicle for community outings or scheduled appointments.
- Works collaboratively with program management to develop and implement Peer group activities.
- Participate and lead, when assigned, Peer group meetings.
To be considered you must have the following qualifications:
- High school diploma or equivalent;
- Maintained within the last three (3) years, at least 12 months of successful full or part time paid or voluntary work experience or one year post-secondary education experience totaling 24 credit hours;
- Be a self-identified individual who has received or is receiving state priority group services as defined in the Mental Health Bulletin OMH-94-04, Serious Mental Illness; Adult Priority Group;
- Have a peer specialist certification or complete and pass a peer specialist certification training program, including written examination, which is offered in accordance with the guidelines defined by the Department.
- Must have experience working with individuals involved in the criminal justice system.
- Must be able to work flexible hours to meet individual’s and program’s needs.
- Must have a valid driver’s license, good driving record, and access to a reliable vehicle to attend trainings, meetings, and/or transport individual to appointments.
- Must have the ability to obtain clearances as defined by regulations.
If you want to Join our Team and enjoy a rewarding career with CSG as we expand our services to help improve the lives of others, please apply at www.csgonline.org today!
A World of Career Opportunities Awaits You at CSG! Together, We Can Do Great Things!
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