Peer Specialist

Salary: 36,000

City: St. Louis

State: Missouri

Job Description:

Since 1972, Places for People has helped individuals in the St. Louis community find and define their places in the world.

Specifically, our mission is to provide caring, effective services to help those with the greatest challenges recover from mental health illness and associated chronic illnesses.

We fundamentally believe that each person we serve deserves a chance to be their best selves and we want to help them get to that point.

Do you believe that all members of society are valuable and should be treated as such?

Would you love to work in an environment where, throughout the organization, your co-workers are tied to the same mission as you are?

What about working for an organization that is committed to growth, both internally and externally?

Well, Places for People just might be the place for you!

SOME perks of working at Places for People:

– Flexible work schedule
– Paid Vacation Time and Sick Leave
– 403(b) Retirement Plan contribution
– Mileage reimbursement at the federal rate
– Supervision available for licensure during work hours and at no cost
– Loan forgiveness through the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) for specific positions

General Description

The Peer Specialist is responsible for delivery of individual/group services which support recovery from mental illness, substance abuse and physical health needs through training, role modeling and sharing of personal experiences.

Job responsibilities:

– Participate fully as a member of the treatment team
– Assertively outreach and engage current persons served including those with co-occurring issues into agency treatment services
– Work with persons served to identify and develop positive role models and support systems from all areas of life (work, church, family, 12 step support groups etc…)
– Provide services and assist co-workers, as assigned, in developing and supervising activities that addresses the needs of persons served as well as conducting regularly scheduled personal enrichment/health and wellness, social skills building, therapy, educational/vocational and recreational/ leisure time activity groups in the community.
– Understand and utilize the principles of psychosocial rehabilitation model to assist persons served in accessing resources and supports in the community such as the use of Network of Care, creating a Person Centered Plan or developing their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) by identifying strength and resources to aid in recovery
– Understand and utilize stages of recovery concepts and what helps the person served at each stage
– Complete assigned case records and report service activities accurately, comprehensively, and within required standards outlined per agency guidelines
– Provide support beyond the normal 40 hours depending on the needs of the team, and caseload as appropriate and approved by supervisor
– Complete required training hours as outlined by employee handbook, and maintain any licensure requirements if needed and provide timely documentation to HR Office
– Formulate a professional development plan yearly in order to acquire skills needed to be successful in job
– Perform other duties as assigned by the supervisor

Requirements: Former or present consumer of mental health services or a consumer of mental health and substance abuse services. High School Diploma or equivalent. Must have completed or will complete State of Missouri’s Department of Mental Health approved training program and standardized exam and maintain certification.   First Aid, and CPR, and Med Tech certifications. Chauffer’s license, vehicle, and current insurance.

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David Harris