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Peer Support Specialist - Kalamazoo

Job Type: 
Full-Time
Department: 
ACT Team 5 - Kalamazoo
Description: 

Provide effective recovery-oriented direct services to ACT/IDDT participants that help them to meet their personal goals and maintain safety in the community.

Responsibilities: 

Support participants’ adherence to medication regimes through direct contacts including delivering, monitoring, and documenting effectiveness.

Transport individuals to appointments to address psychiatric or medical care follow-up; to meet basic needs i.e. grocery shopping, laundry; to pursue benefit applications i.e. DHHS, SSA, etc.; to participate in other identified treatment goals—vocational, educational, social, etc.

Provide skills training in the following areas—riding the bus, self-care, housekeeping, cooking, shopping, etc.

Assess mental health, substance use, and other status of persons served during daily contacts and make stage specific treatment recommendations to assist in meeting their goals.

Provide one-to-one recovery coaching tailored to the specific recovery targets of individuals and based on careful self-disclosure; offering hope, empathy, reflective statements, and teaching personal responsibility.

Support participation by people served in community-based harm reduction or abstinence groups and other peer recovery efforts including the Wellness Program.  Transport and attend with individuals as needed to support their attendance.

Provide advocacy and other peer supports that help participants address stigma and build successful substance-free socialization opportunities.


Requirements: 

Minimum Requirements:  Two years of college preferred and/or experience working with the target population.  Experience as a recipient of mental health and/or substance abuse services who has achieved a level of recovery consistent with performance of the job duties.  Interest in working with individuals with multiple disabilities to help them achieve recovery is required.  Good communication, motivation, and negotiation skills; organizational ability; and problem-solving skills needed.  Ability to follow instructions—written and verbal. Completion of Peer Support Specialist (CPSS) certification preferred.  Valid Michigan driver’s license and a vehicle to transport.  Ability to perform work in community settings which may not be barrier-free.  Knowledgeable about and supportive of culturally-competent, recovery and trauma informed practices. 

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