Residential Peer Support Specialist - Prineville, Oregon

BestCare Treatment Services in Prineville is recruiting for a Residential Peer Support Specialist! This is a Full Time regular position that includes a competitive benefits package, FOUR WEEKS of paid time off, NINE recognized holidays, and a retirement account option.

Title:                           Residential Peer Support Specialist

Program:                    Crook County CMHP

Program Location:     Prineville

Employment Status:  Full Time Regular

FLSA Classification:  Non-Exempt (Hourly)

General Duties: The Residential Peer Support Specialist will provide support service components to clients who are eligible and accepted into the Rental Assistance/Supported Housing Program (SHP). Supporting individuals in their ability to live as independently as possible within the community.

Job Relationships:

  • Reports to: CSS Supervisor; Program Director
  • Employees Supervised: None

Duties:

The Residential Peer Support Specialist’s duties will largely consist of the following (not be limited to):

  • Works with clients in securing and maintaining housing.
  • Work closely with other staff as a member of a treatment team; this position is a key position on the Mental Health Team.
  • Assist clients with accessing resources, benefits, and entitlement programs.
  • Administrative paperwork, including but not limited to participant screening and all administrative paperwork required related to client housing and the Supported Housing Program.
  • Provide support to mental health clients in achieving their treatment plans (ISSP/Individual Services & Support Plan) goals and objectives.
  • Stay abreast of state housing codes/standards and ensures that each prospective rental unit is in full compliance with said housing standards.
  • Provide transportation for clients when appropriate and under the direction of the mental health clinician and/or MH Clinical Supervisor.
  • When appropriate, conduct or participate in client home visits and welfare checks, working in conjunction with the mental health clinician and/or MH clinical supervisor.
  • Assists with the facilitation and coordination of skill-building such as filling out applications, budgeting, timely bill payments, community resources, maintaining healthy relationships, and applying for mainstream housing resources (HUD/Section 8).
  • Maintain clinical documentation within agency stated guidelines.
  • Participate in training (agency, state, regional, etc.) that will assist the employee in their position.
  • Model appropriate behavior to the newer staff and help train and orient new staff to the program. In addition to being a positive role model, providing assistance to clients, showing compassion and being effective in engaging clients in mental health treatment services wherever possible.
  • Other duties as assigned by the program manager and/or clinical supervisor.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Education: High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must meet the Oregon Administrative Rules definition of a peer: “any individual who has similar life experience, either as a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services, or as a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.”
  • Must hold a Peer Support Specialist certification from a State-approved training program. New Hires that do not hold a current certification must make an application within the first six months of employment (or sooner).
  • Familiarity with mental illness and substance abusing population as well as and people with disabilities, as well as community resources.
  • Lived experience and understanding of the unique difficulties of those who are transient or experiencing homelessness is preferred, but not required.
  • If in recovery from mental illness and/or substance abuse, must be able to demonstrate continuous sobriety under non-residential, independent living conditions for the immediate past two years.
  • Valid Driver’s license and appropriate auto insurance.

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing this job, the employee is regularly required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and use hands to handle, feel or operate objects or controls. The employee is required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty (20) pounds. Specific visions abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

Tools and Equipment Used:

Must have competency in using a computer for word-processing, data base and internet usage. Must be able to operate usual office equipment such as fax, telephone and photocopy machine. Must have a current driver’s license and will operate company vehicles. Must be insurable.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position requires the employee to dress in a professional manner that meets the standards for professional employees in Central Oregon.

To Apply: Please fill out the application here, and submit along with a cover letter, resume with personal email address for correspondence, any applicable licenses, certifications or degrees with transcripts, and contact information for three supervisory/professional references to careers@bestcaretreatment.org 

 

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