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Peer Support Specialist - Crisis Respite (Full Time)

Company: Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier
Location: Binghamton
Posted on: May 9, 2022

Job Description:

Job Description:
Crisis Respite Recovery Specialist

OVERVIEW:
In the short-term crisis respite setting, the Recovery Specialist is responsible for instilling hope, supporting wellness; and demonstrating that recovery is real and attainable. Recovery Specialists help guests explore their personal goals and engage them in community and social events using compassion, trauma-informed techniques, and peer support.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's Degree, Associate's Degree, or college-level academic work in related field strongly preferred; or High School diploma with relevant work experience/knowledge-base of mental health recovery
Personal experience as a recipient of mental health and/or chemical addiction services with two years of successful recovery is - - - -required
Able to interact professionally and effectively with staff and guests
Experience with conducting needs assessments strongly desired
Experience with developing care plans strongly desired
Experience/general understanding of documentation procedures including electronic recordkeeping
Working knowledge of issues facing persons affected by mental illness and chemical dependency
Understanding of and ease with dealing with individuals in crisis
Familiarity with community supports and Federal, State, and Local services and systems
Qualify for and complete New York State Peer Specialist Certification within six months of hirehttp://nypeerspecialist.org
Ability to abide by the NYPSCB Code of Ethical Conducthttp://nypeerspecialist.org
Approval by New York State Justice Center via fingerprinting and criminal background check is required
Must be able to drive with a valid driver's license and a driving record acceptable to MHAST insurance carrier
Demonstrates a commitment to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier's mission and vision

RESPONSIBILITIES:
Provide assistance, support, and advocacy to individuals in crisis
Help individuals clarify problems and identify the need for change or improvement
Assist individuals with setting goals based on their individual preferences
Provide peer support and active listening to individuals accessing the Warm Line
Model wellness and recovery while helping individuals to identify interventions they can implement working toward their own wellness and recovery goals
Promote empowerment through meaningful activities and discussions using selective self-disclosure
Utilize wellness tools, such as a WRAP, and other problem solving techniques
Assist individuals in making community connections based on their preferences and needs
Help maintain a clean, safe, and secure environment in the respite house
Maintain accurate and up-to-date records and documentation of services; provide and maintain documentation of the individual's progress and operations of the respite house
Demonstrate teamwork among co-workers
Communicate effectively with community contacts
Demonstrate ease with working with a diverse population
Ability to meet individuals where they are in life and promoting goal setting and supporting progress toward those goals
Flexibility with work schedule, with evenings, nights, and weekend shifts required
Treat all guests and staff with dignity, courtesy, and respect
Occasionally ascends/descends stairs
Individuals in this role will have access to Protected Health Information (PHI) as part of their job duties:
Access is only allowed on a "need to know" basis to perform the necessary job duties in this role
Access to the PHI of individuals being served outside of this program is restricted (via the electronic medical record system)
Access to, use of, and disclosure of PHI is to be done in compliance with the agency's HIPAA policy manual

Nothing in this job description restricts management's right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Reports to: Crisis Respite Team Lead
Status: Non-exempt
Hours: Full time/Part time

Keywords: Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier, Binghamton , Peer Support Specialist - Crisis Respite (Full Time), Other , Binghamton, New York

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