The Mental Health Association of Westchester (MHA) is a community-based not-for-profit committed to recovery-focused mental health services through advocacy, community education and direct services. We are recognized as the leader in Westchester in providing person-centered services that involve collaborating with each individual to achieve his or her goals.
MHA facilitates recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaborative work. Our highly trained staff utilize evidence-based practices throughout our comprehensive array of trauma-informed and recovery-oriented services.
Through our robust services, as well as our advocacy programs and community events, MHA is able to meet the needs of thousands of men, women, children and families each year, helping them live independent lives in the community.
We have an exciting new opportunity for a Peer Support Specialist - HCBS.
SUMMARY of DUTIES:
HCBS provides opportunities for Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders (SUD) to receive services in their own home or community. HCBS utilizes a recovery model of care, which emphasizes and supports a person's potential for recovery by optimizing quality of life and reducing symptoms of behavioral health conditions and substance use disorders through empowerment, choice, treatment, educational, employment, housing, and health and well-being goals. Recovery is generally seen in this approach as a personal journey rather than a set outcome, and one that may involve developing hope, a secure base and sense of self, supportive relationships, self-direction, social inclusion, and coping skills. The Specialist will support recovery by providing services that reflect our deeply held values that include the recognition of individual rights of self-determination, choice, shared decision-making and collaboration. When possible he/she will utilize evidence-based practices; always embracing a trauma-informed and person-centered approach.
SPECIFIC DUTIES and RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Promote skills for coping with and managing behavioral health symptoms while facilitating the utilization of natural resources and the enhancement of recovery-oriented principles (e.g. hope and self-efficacy, and community living skills).
2. Weekly schedule may include evenings and weekends.
3. Other related duties.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
1. Prior knowledge and/or use of Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered Practice and Motivational Interviewing.
2. Knowledge of the Recovery process and the ability to facilitate recovery using established standardized mental health processes.
3. Knowledge and skill to teach and engage in basic problem solving strategies to support individual clients in self-directed recovery.
4. Knowledge of the common challenges associated with mental health conditions.
5. Ability to master an electronic record system, meet deadlines and willingness to grow and change are necessary.
1. The Peer Support Specialist providers must have a certification as of the following:
• OMH established Certified Peer Specialist
• OASAS Certified Peer
2. Basic Computer knowledge is required.
3. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
4. The Specialist must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
5. If driving agency vehicles, the Specialist must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
6. The Specialist must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
7. The Specialist must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
8. The Specialist must be legally eligible to work in the United States.
MHA of Westchester is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, and values the ways in which we are different. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by the applicable law.
To apply, please send your cover letter and résumé by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Peer Support Specialist - HCBS” as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.