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Requisition Number 18-0754
Post Date 9/19/2018
Title Peer Engagement Specialist BA
City Southeast MA
Description

Part Time PATH Peer Specialist

Homeless Services

 

Eliot’s Homeless Outreach Teams provide multi-disciplinary trauma informed/strengths based services to effectively address barriers to obtaining and maintaining housing (eg untreated PTSD/Mood Disorder(s)/Psychosis/Substance Use Disorder(s)/medical complexity). 

Due to expansion, the Homeless Services Division is seeking an experienced and creative Peer Specialist and/or Recovery Coach to join our Southeast Region Team.  The successful candidate will have unwavering compassion and empathy - along with a strong committment to social justice, person centered planning and practice, and multidisciplinary collaboration.  The successful candidate has the ability to integrate their recovery story with intent and purpose throughout client engagement, support planning and practice. 

 

Responsibilities:

 

  • Perform outreach and engagement activities to identify homeless people living in public places, drop in centers, meal sites and shelters.
  • Provide concrete services such as warm clothing, blankets, and food to reduce risk of harm on the streets. Encourage use of shelter, meal sites, and other related services for those who are unsheltered.
  • Maintain a thorough, current knowledge of local public and private resources including housing, residential programs, and other community organizations. Maintain positive working relationships with representatives of these organizations.
  • Coordinate efforts with the other service providers to ensure integrated service delivery for consumers. Empower consumers to exercise autonomy in all aspects of their life.
  • Assist consumers with identifying choices and developing skills in self-advocacy.
  • Collaborate with other staff members to ensure that the consumer’s perspective is always included, that preferences are recognized and that consumer choices are maximized.
  • Provide training and consultation to staff to facilitate the understanding of consumer perspectives as needed. Provide guidance to consumers in recovery process.
  • Provide advocacy, support, and education during intake and transition processes across the spectrum of services and transition to independence.
  • Assist consumers with being able to identify personal methods of recovery from mental illness and to develop self-management plans to address their experiences.
  • Provide linkage and referral to emergency shelter, meal sites, mental health and substance abuse treatment, public entitlements, and other community services including follow-up and case management.
  • Consult with supervisor related to eligibility and assessment.

Pay Rate: $15.86

The position is PT (up to 23 hours) and qualifies for benefits and paid time off.  Schedule is flexible.

*Coverage areas include: Plymouth, Wareham, Taunton, New Bedford, and Fall River
Requirements

Requires a high school diploma/GED equivalent; or be a Certified Peer Specialist or Recovery Coach - or be willing to enegage in certification process within 6 months of employment. Must have lived experience of homelessness, mental health or substance use in the past and have an established recovery process. Must have a strong commitment to mental health recovery. Must have skills to establish supportive relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for their preferences for treatment. Must have ability to provide flexible services that are community based and focused on team work. Ability to develop and maintain satisfactory working relationships with a variety of employees, state and local authorities as well as other community service providers/ networks. Computer literacy and skill in the use of computers and related software applications. Must have dependable vehicle.

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