Peer Specialist are responsible for providing social interaction on a group and individual basis with residential consumers, promoting recovery-oriented activities, assisting consumers in developing advocacy skills, and assisting staff and consumers in understanding the recovery process.
Provides social interaction, both individually and as a group, to develop social skills and to help consumers develop insight into their mental illness
Promotes recovery-oriented skills to help achieve goals created in the treatment plan
Establish linkages that result in the consumer’s active use of resources in the community
Assist consumers in developing empowerment skills through self-advocacy and advocates on behalf of consumer when needed
Assists staff and consumers in understanding recovery and share unique experiences leading toward rehabilitation
Serve as a role model to help staff in understanding recovery and share unique experiences leading toward rehabilitation
Works with recreation staff to plan and implement recreational activities for consumers
Conducts community meetings with consumers in each assigned group home
Conducts peer support groups for adult day treatment programs
Documents in a timely fashion per AltaPointe policy
Documents legibly and in a clear and concise manner
Documents individualized consumer responses to services provided
Seeks supervision and consultation as needed
Accepts and employs suggestions for improvement
Actively works to enhance skills
Attends and participates in staff meetings as required
Treats consumers with care, dignity and compassion
Respects consumer’s privacy and confidentiality
Is pleasant and cooperative with others
Assists consumers and visitors as needed
Personal values don’t inhibit ability to relate and care for others
Is sensitive to the consumer’s needs, expectations and individual differences
Is gentle and calm with consumers and families
Actively participates in Performance Improvement activities
Actively participates in AltaPointe committees as required
Completes assigned tasks in a timely manner
Follows AltaPointe policies and procedures
Attends appropriate in-services training and other workshops
There is frequent standing, sitting, and walking which are in bursts of 5 to 10 minutes. However, there are times when this can be extended to pacing with the consumer (time could be undetermined), and at times sitting and standing can be extended with the employee having the ability to change positions as permitted by the observance and behavior of the consumer at that time.
Lift up to 15 pounds occasionally during shift.
Strong grasp is needed to use keys to open doors throughout the facility
Pushing/pulling force up to 25 pounds occasionally during a shift.
Any other duties as assigned by supervisor.
Physical Requirements are subject to change with notice.
High School diploma or equivalent
Must be a current or former recipient of mental health services for no less than one year with a significant mental health disorder as defined by the DSM-V
Must be well grounded in one’s own recovery; Be willing to share one’s own recovery story and have an awareness of the issues surrounding mental health, substance abuse and homelessness preferred
Must have the ability to attend DMH Peer Specialist Training for Certification
Must be 23 years of age or older; have and maintain reliable transportation, a valid Alabama driver’s license, acceptable driving record and proof of current liability insurance
Shift/Hours (ex: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30): Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
External Company Name: AltaPointe Health Systems
External Company URL: http://altapointe.org/
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