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Certified Peer Support Specialist/ BH Clinician

Department: Blake Behavioral Health
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ

JOB TITLE                             Peer Support/ BH Clinician

STATUS                                  Hourly, Full Time, non-exempt

DIVISION                                Blake Behavioral Health Services

General Position Description:  The Peer Support Specialist (RSS)/BH Clinician (BHC) is responsible for comprehensive coordination of behavioral health services for adult and child members who are eligible for enrollment with public behavioral health services. TheRSS/ BHC will meet the BHT requirements. The RSS/BHC assesses the member’s behavioral health needs and eligibility for services. The RSS/BHC also coordinates communication between the member and other providers or community agencies to ensure coordination of care. The RSS/BH Clinician is also available to provide Intake, assessment as well as offer therapeutic and support services.

Essential Duties & Functions (With or Without Accommodation):

  • Screens, evaluates and schedules referred members who may be in need of behavioral health services.
  • Researches eligibility for behavioral health services.
  • In conjunction with clinical staff, develops and monitors member service plans.
  • Assists members in securing necessary behavioral health services from EBF or other appropriate providers.
  • When indicated in member's service plan will provide rehabilitation services that include: living skills training, cognitive rehabilitation, and supported employment services to enrolled members.
  • When indicated in member's service plan will provide support services that include: case management, personal assistance, family support, peer support, respite care, and transportation services to enrolled members.
  • May provide individual, family, and/or group counseling based on needs as determined by the Clinical Director and EBF policies.
  • May conduct updates on annual assessments and develop treatment plans as determined by the Clinical Director and EBF policies.
  • In coordination with the treatment team, the RSS/BHC facilitates Child and Family Team and Adult Recovery Team meetings to review progress/barriers and determine appropriateness of services and medical necessity of services.
  • Maintains member records in accordance with agency and funding source requirements.
  • Provides complete documentation and reporting of member behavioral health services in accordance with agency and funding requirement.
  • Attends and participates in all professional meetings and clinical staffing.
  • Performs crisis intervention and solution-focused interventions.
  • Links members to other community resources as part of outreach services.
  • Arranges transportation of members to behavioral health appointments as necessary.
  • Participates in ongoing program planning and development.
  • Ensures services are provided in a culturally competent manner.
  • Adheres to all EBF policies, procedures and protocols in addition to State/RHBA regulations.
  • Will maintain EBF productivity, timelines and quality standards set forth by EBF.
  • May facilitate or participate in individual or group skills training as determined by the clinical director.
  • Will conduct Rapid Response and/or Intakes based on the needs of the assigned work location.
  • Any other duties as assigned.

Knowledge and Skills (with or without accommodation):

  • Strong Clinical knowledge.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Detail-oriented with well-developed problem-solving abilities.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong organizational, time management, project management and multitasking skills.
  • Skill in using business software such as email, MS Office, smart phones, office equipment and electronic health records.
  • Flexibility and ability to respond to changing priorities.
  • Must be reliable and punctual.
  • Displays cultural sensitivity and demonstrates the ability to form constructive and collaborative working relationships with others from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to communicate in a culturally inclusive manner and being open to other people’s differences.

Other requirements:

  • Must be able to walk, run, climb, stoop, kneel, sit, stand, reach, stretch, bend, squat.
  • Must be able to ascend and descend stairs.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Must be able to remain calm, non-defensive with a supportive attitude during stressful, potential crisis, and crisis situations.
  • Must be able to work in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. The types of situations that may be encountered, particularly when children and adults are involved, cause emotional stress.
  • Must be able to manage high volumes and unpredictability of work.
  • Must be able to remain flexible and reprioritize according to the changing demands of the day.
  • Must be able to manage stress in a fast - paced, unpredictable, and high intensity setting.
  • Must be able to represent EBF in a professional manner in all situations.
  • Must be able to maintain professional relationships with colleagues.
  • Must be in compliance with all EBF and regulatory requirements.

Minimum Educational and Certification Requirements:

  • Certified as a Peer/Recovery Support Specialist by an AzAHP approved agency.
  • Bachelor’s degree in behavioral health related field or Bachelor’s degree in a non-behavioral health related field plus 30 semester hours in behavioral health education and two years behavioral health work experience; or Associate’s degree in behavioral health related field and two years behavioral health work experience; or HS diploma and four years behavioral health work experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of managed care systems, AHCCCS/Title XIX medical assistance screening, and RBHA/DBHS policies and practices.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age and able to obtain a Level One Fingerprint Clearance Card.
  • Valid Arizona driver’s license and the willingness to use personal vehicle in the course of employment.  Must meet minimum requirements of agency insurance carrier..
  • Must be able to meet training and agency compliance requirements for the position.
  • Spanish speaking preferred, but not required.



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