Peer Specialist

Institute for Community Living Brooklyn, NY
Overview

Under the general supervision of the HCBS Program Director, Peer Specialists serve as role models, educate recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes, teach effective coping strategies based on personal experience , teach symptom management skills , assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals and assist in the development of community support systems and networks. The Peer Specialist assists assigned individuals in developing and maintaining viable living, working and social situations in the community by obtaining needed medical, social, psychosocial, educational, financial, vocational, and other services. Travels to/visits recipients' residences or apartments to provide counsel and assistance and to help the recipients , within their capabilities and interests, in maintaining the greatest degree of independent living. The majority of duties are often performed independently under general supervision . The Peer Specialist assists service recipients through supportive counseling to participate as fully as possible in the life of the community with the intent of achieving individual goals that foster personal growth and the highest level of independence possible and desired.

Responsibilities

Travels to/visits recipients' residences to provide HCBS services including Psychosocial Rehabilitation, Habilitation/Res idential Support Services, or Empower Peer Support Services, on a schedule established by the program.

Counsels recipients regarding plans for meeting service needs, and aids the recipients to mobilize inner capabilities and environmental resources to attain goals Educates recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes

Teaches recipients effective coping strategies based on personal experience

Teaches symptom management skills

Assists in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals.

Assists in maintaining up-to-date, accurate individual case records on each assigned recipient.

Assists in obtaining and developing resource information for recipients in all aspects of their care; disseminates this information to recipients in a manner that is clear and understandable.

Assist the recipient in meeting HCBS service plan goals.

Helps facilitate individualized services to the recipient that meet the diverse needs of the recipient

Explains the types of clinical services, and programs available to recipients; helps instruct the recipient in daily living skills, socializat ion skill enhancement, and conflict resolution.

Assists in referring recipients to community resources and other organizations.

Accompanies recipients on regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, social agencies, government offices, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the recipient.

Advocates on behalf of recipient with outside service providers and within ICL.

Assists resident/recipient in finding and getting into vocational training or other training opportunities , and works with other team members in addressing the needs of recipientsImmediately reports serious incidents, serious incident allegations, incidents, or sensitive situations to supervisors. Completes incident reports in accordance with ICL policy.Accounts for recipients and files missing person reports on recipients not accounted for in accordance with ICL policy and procedure.

Complies with attendance and timekeeping rules and reports reliably and regularly to work on an on-going basis.

Attends regularly scheduled clinical meetings, staff meetings and supervision as well as in service training and development activities.

Complies with agency infection control policies.]

Other job releated duties may be asigned

Qualifications

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:

Minimum: provisional certification as an OMH Certified Peer Specialist or OASAS Certified Peer Specialist

Preferred: Full certification as OMH Certified Peer Specialist or OASAS certified Peer Specialist. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in both mental health and substance abuse disorder.

ESSENTIAL KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

* Ability to work with recipients, families, and staff in a caring and respectful manner, and with due understanding of and consideration for cultural differences.

* Ability to serve as a role model to recipients.

* Ability to complete written forms and reports in an accurate and timely manner.

* Ability to communicate effectively with staff, recipients, families, and the public.

* Ability to prepare accurate and timely documentation, reports and other written material as assigned.

* Ability to secure the cooperation of and work effectively with other

* Ability to work independently, and to conform to all applicable safety and accountability measures

* Knowledge of how disabilities can adversely affect functioning and ways to cope with or overcome such effect

* Ability to read and write at least at a 12th grade level and to follow written and oral instructions

* Ability to accompany or transport consumers (some assignments may require possession of a valid driver's license).

* Ability to be empathetic and supportive to consumers, instructing , demonstrating, modeling, and encouraging appropriate behavior and skills

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