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|Posted On:||Tuesday, 12th September 2017|
27 North Main Street, Troy, NC 27371
An individual who is or has been a recipient of mental health services with a mental illness. Provides highly individualized services in the community and promotes individual self-determination and decision making. In coordination and conjunction with the other ACT team members, provides consumer education and individual/system advocacy, Self Help skills, Pre-crisis support, Housing assistance, Education/employment support, Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) plan support, and independent/social skills support.
Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to make effective use of time and prioritize work assignments. Ability to communicate effectively with professionals and clients/families. Ability to make sound decisions in emergency situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Peer Support services are delivered by staff who have the life experience of being diagnosed with a serious mental illness or substance addiction problem, and are currently in recovery, stable, and living without relapses. The Peer Support Paraprofessional has a high school diploma, or GED and at least five years of life experience with a serious mental illness or substance addiction. The paraprofessional also self identifies as an individual with a psychiatric or addictions disability. Paraprofessional staff who work no more than 10 hours a week providing Peer Support and have not completed their 20 hours of training have two years to complete the training required. The Peer Specialist also demonstrates at least one full year in his/her own life without crisis, relapse, or psychiatric or substance abuse inpatient treatment, or criminal justice involvement and may not be a family member or related to the consumer.
Certificates, License, Registration:
In process to attain the Certified Peer Support Specialist
Ability to read a medical record and find pertinent information quickly. Ability to write complete service notes. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from consumers, and/or the public.