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Peer Support Specialist

Department: Blake Behavioral Health
Location: Tucson, AZ

General Position Description:

Promotes a recovery based approach to member care that emphasizes hope, respect, self-direction and empowerment by providing peer support, personal assistance, education on community resources, supportive services, advocacy and other support primarily in-home and/or in the community to aid in membersí recovery from mental illness and/or addiction disorders.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Under direct supervision, provides supportive assistance to, and the modeling of self-advocacy with the member to help him/her research and access needed and desired community resources.
  • Works cooperatively with others to assure the smooth and seamless delivery of comprehensive services to members.
  • Assist members in choosing, obtaining and keeping wellness and healthy lifestyle related goals.
  • Use a variety of methods, tailored to the individual, to move through the process of setting and reaching health and wellness related goals.
  • Compile and share wellness and healthy lifestyle resources for members, staff and/or other stakeholders.
  • Provide structure and support to promote personal progress and accountability.
  • Assists in the development and coordination of activities, programs, and resources which directly support members or family members/caregivers of consumers in achieving wellness and recovery goals. For example: Assists consumers in obtaining benefits, i.e. SSI, AHCCCS/Medicare, Section 8, identification cards, food boxes.
  • Ensures safety of memberís living environment (personal safety, food supply, utilities and appliances working, adequacy of furnishings, and lack of fire hazards).
  • Provides instruction in activities of daily living (nutrition, meal planning, shopping, and meal preparation; budgeting; home cleaning and organization; personal grooming and laundry).
  • Communicates with clinical team regarding membersí level of independent functioning and current levels of support provided.
  • Travels to membersí residences to provide peer support, personal assistance and other supportive in-home services.
  • Transports members to and from appointments (agency vehicle), as appropriate.
  • Relates own recovery process in a positive and supportive manner through coaching, role modeling and mentoring in order to assist members in developing skills to achieve their goals.
  • Completes documentation for behavioral health record in accordance with agency and funding source requirements.
  • Advocates for members, as needed, to ensure delivery of necessary services.
  • Provides crisis intervention, as needed, and notifies Supervisor and treatment team.
  • Assists in the scheduling of follow-up appointments for members.
  • Performs other related duties in accordance with agency growth and changes.
  • Ability to complete job responsibilities autonomously without daily oversight
  • Ability to effectively use standard office equipment including but not limited to; computer, telephone, copy machine, fax machine

Experience/Education/License Requirements:

  • Certified Peer Support and 2 years work experience providing direct care in healthcare
  • Provide and Maintain Valid Arizona Driverís License, Registration & Insurance at all times
  • Valid Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card at all times
  • Vehicle in safe/operable condition
  • Current CPR and First Aide Certification at all times
  • Meet the requirements to function as a behavioral health paraprofessional, behavioral health technician, or behavioral health professional.

Other general requirements:

  • Clean criminal background check

Physical requirements:

  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position
  • Must be able to operate a computer, phone and other office equipment
  • Must be able to stoop, squat, reach, stretch, ascend and descend stairs
  • May work in an office setting

Psychological Requirements:

  • Must be able to utilize Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), such as face mask, gown, goggles and gloves, for any amount of time necessary to provide a physical barrier to protect the employee and others.
  • 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. 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, intense setting
  • Must be able to adapt to diverse cultural environments and communicate in a culturally inclusive manner
  • Must be able to represent EBF in a professional manner in all situations

Easterseals Blake Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer
It is understood and agreed that any misrepresentation by me in this application will be sufficient cause for cancellation of this application and/or separation from the Employer's service if I have been employed. I give the Employer the right to investigate all references and to secure additional information about me, if job related. I hereby release from liability the Employer and its representatives for seeking such information, and all other persons, corporations, or organizations for furnishing such information. I hereby consent to and authorize Easterseals Blake Foundation to request, receive and use information as often as necessary as deemed by Easterseals Blake Foundation by consumer reporting agency bearing on my credit standing, character, general reputation, personal characteristics, and mode of living, including, but not limited to, my criminal background or lack of criminal background. I authorize the use by Easterseals Blake Foundation of the original or photocopy of this authorization. The Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Employer does not discriminate in employment and no question on this application is used for the purpose of limiting or excusing any applicant's consideration for employment on a basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law. I understand that just as I am free to resign at any time, the Employer reserves the right to terminate my employment at any time, with or without cause and without prior notice. I understand that no representative of the Employer has the authority to make any assurances to the contrary.
 

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