Peer Specialist – ACT

Salary: $30,000 – $40,000

City: St. Louis

State: MO

Job Description:

St. Patrick Center, a ministry of Catholic Charities, is hiring a Peer Specialist to join the Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) Program. The Peer Specialist, as part of the ACT multidisciplinary team, will provide professional and quality program services to clients served by the ACT Team. The specialist will coordinate and monitor the assessment, treatment planning process, follow-up for each client and serve as an advocate and liaison for and on behalf of client rights and benefits. The core working hours for this position is Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM-4:30 PM. The salary range is between $30,000-$40,000

* Provide peer counseling and support to validate clients’ experiences.
* Provide clients with guidance and encouragement to take responsibility and actively participate own recovery.
* Serve as mentor to clients to promote hope and empowerment.
* Help non-mental health consumer team members, and others, as appropriate, to better understand and empathize with each client’s unique and subjective experience and perception.
* Provide expertise and consultation from a mental health consumer to entire team.
* Collaborate with team to promote team culture in which client self-determination, client decision making in treatment planning and protection of client rights are supported.
* Act as liaison and consult with community agencies and program clients to maintain coordination in treatment process.
* Collaborate with other members of ACT team during daily and weekly staff meetings.
* Assist in provision of direct clinical services to clients on individual, group, and family basis.
* Teach symptom management techniques and promote personal growth and development with mental health issues and substance use issues.
* Assist, teach and support clients with activities of daily living, vocational skills, accessing housing, maintaining financial supports and utilizing buses and other transportation in community. Maintain St. Patrick Center client tracking system and client files, documenting client progress to maintain a permanent record of client activity.
* Responsible for agency policy regarding work hours, building security and all written personnel standards. Ensure care model by interacting with all other St. Patrick Center programs.
* Attend and participate in all appropriate St. Patrick Center meetings.
* Other duties as assigned.

Requirements: * Minimum of High School Diploma or GED required.
* Certified as a Peer Specialist within 1 year of hire through the Department of Mental Health
* Knowledge of severe and persistent mental illness, homelessness, substance use, and cooccurring disorders required.
* Knowledge and understanding of community agencies preferred.
* Knowledge of federal, state and agency policies of client confidentiality preferred.
* Capability of partnering with and empowering clients served.
* Good communication skills • Well versed in ethical issues in co-occurring disorders
* Counseling and crisis intervention expertise
* Self-motivation
* Respect for clients and staff
* Sensitive to cultural diversity
* Ability to work in team atmosphere.
* Moderate computer skills
* Ability to walk multiple flights of stairs.
* Requires driver’s license (MO residents require Class E)
* Requires valid and current auto insurance.
* Requires reliable vehicle.
* Work a minimum of 37.5 hours a week.

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Melisa Nichols