Resources for Human Development is seeking to hire Recovery Support Specialists to work directly with individuals dually diagnosed with severe and pervasive mental illness living in the Bellevue and West View areas of Pittsburgh.
RSS staff are responsible for the support and enhancement of the quality of life of individuals served, by assisting in day-to-day activities that promote positive outcomes. Duties include, but are not limited to, providing instruction, assistance and role modeling in life skill areas of leisure time, financial management, medication monitoring, crisis management, accessing community resources, community engagement, shopping and vocational development.
Starting salary range: $11.25 to $11.75/hr.
Full Time, part time and on-call (as needed) positions available.
10a-6p Sat & Sun
Provide direct service to residents
Facilitate and plan supports for skill-building and recovery activities
Demonstrate flexibility with duties/schedule/program changes to meet program and resident needs
Assist in ensuring the appearance, cleanliness, and safety of personal work and home/program areas; including normal household duties such as cooking, cleaning, maintenance, etc. Incorporate residents to the fullest extent possible as part of the recovery process
Utilize active listening skills, accept shared responsibility for improving situations, and act accordingly to meet the needs of the resident(s)
Assist residents in the assessment of unique strengths assets, and abilities in order to identify how we can help achieve those goals
Integrate the consumer into the program and community; utilizing all available resources
Assist residents to identify community resources (Communities of Recovery, Educational, Vocational, Social, Cultural, Spiritual, etc.) focused on reintegration into the community in conjunction with the service coordinator and treatment team members
Transport the residents as necessary or requested
Recognize potential crisis situations and respond to, or intervene, within the guidelines of RHDs crisis intervention training and individualized crisis plan
Demonstrate the ability to recognize when a consumer requires medical, psychiatric or other services – taking the appropriate action
Maintain professional demeanor in stressful situations
Complete incident reports according to state regulations, county guidelines and organizational policy/procedure
Contact resident’s community supports as instructed
Attend and participate in committees, task force, recovery support meetings, planning/work groups and meetings as requested
Demonstrate dignity and respect when communicating with residents, staff and others
Create a partnership between residents and family members to facilitate continued recovery
Assist with maintaining inventory of safety kits; report status to site supervisor
Meet weekly or as needed with site supervisor
Integrate creativity and initiative in contributing to program goals
Assist and encourage residents to participate in clinical treatment team and/or express their point of view, ensure needs, goals and objectives remain the focus of recovery and clinical treatment
Implement plan/service plan/treatment plans
Demonstrate working knowledge of medications, medication management, purpose, dosage and side effects
Successfully complete DPW Medication Administration training
Have a working knowledge of WRAP plans and demonstrate ability to engage residents on this and other recovery support tools.
Complete all required paperwork with objective relevant information
Maintain working knowledge of program and RHD Policies/Procedures appropriately
Attend trainings as required or requested; maintain a minimum of 40 annual training hours
Other duties as requested/required by site supervisor
Prior experience/education in a social services field is preferred as well having a history or knowledge of working with adults with significant mental illness preferred. Knowledge of the impact of trauma on the well-being of the individuals receiving services, as well as the impact on staff well-being preferred. Program specific training will be provided.
High school diploma or GED
Ability to document daily activities and recovery goals and communicate information in a team setting
Knowledge of Microsoft Office Applications (Word, Outlook, Explorer, etc.)
Valid driver’s license
State Police clearance and/or FBI clearance if necessary
Completed physical examination
Resources for Human Development (www.rhd.org) is a comprehensive, nonprofit, social service organization. RHD currently oversees and supports more than 160 locally managed human service programs in 14 states. RHD's mission is to empower people as they build the highest level of independence possible, building better lives for themselves, their families and their communities.
Resources for Human Development is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran, or disability status.