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 position in Adult Care Management.
SUMMARY of DUTIES:
Our Care Management Program helps individuals obtain the services they need, which may include seeing medical specialists, successfully transitioning from an inpatient hospital admission to another setting, and obtaining social supports such as housing. The Peer Support Specialist’s goal is to establish and maintain supportive, trusting relationships with clients enrolled in the Care Management Program. The Peer Support 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. Engage in and build supportive relationships with individuals.
2. Support peers in identifying and creating goals and developing recovery/care plans with the skills, strengths, supports and resources to aid them in achieving those goals.
3. Assist peers in working with their care manager/treatment team in determining the steps he/she needs to take in order to achieve these goals and self-directed recovery.
4. Assist peers in identifying their own individual warning signs of relapse and identifying and developing individual coping strategies and crisis prevention tools.
5. Lead or co-lead groups including, but not limited to dual diagnoses issues, relapse and recovery and socialization, skill development and problem solving
6. Assist peers in regaining independence within the community and mastery over their own mental health recovery process.
7. Work with individuals to identify and access available community resources
8. Maintain complete electronic and paper records, ATM Reconciliation, mileage logs, and other reports as directed.
9. Participate in professional development training webinars, and continuing education services. Represent peers as needed on agency and community committees.
10. Other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
1. Prior knowledge and/or use of Trauma-Informed, Person-Centered Practice and Motivational Interviewing are a plus.
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. Basic knowledge of mental health, substance use and chronic health disorders
5. The Peer Support Specialist will demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with and engage people about their mental health, substance use and/or chronic health conditions.
6. The Peer Support Specialist should have paid or volunteer experience with the provision of peer support services, and/or have completed Peer Specialist training.
7. The Peer Support Specialist should be willing to share lived experience with personal recovery, only and if when appropriate.
8. Adequate writing and computer skills for completion of reports, progress notes, and other documentation, as needed
9. Must be reliable and able to work independently and understand the importance of maintaining confidentiality.
10. The Peer Support Specialist must have a valid Driver’s License and a driving record that is satisfactory to our insurance carrier.
11. The Peer Support Specialist must maintain current New York State Defensive Driving certification.
12. The Peer Support Specialist must be cleared by the NYS Justice Center through fingerprinting for a Criminal History Records search.
13. The Peer Support Specialist must be cleared by the NYS Office of Children and Family Services for instances of child abuse and/or neglect.
14. The Peer Support 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 Adult Care Management” as the subject line of the e-mail. Thank you.