Requisition Number: IA002-PESP-H-11-2019-01
Job Title: Peer Specialist I
City: Knoxville
State: IA

Minimum Degree Required: A - High School/GED
Minimum Years of Experience: 0
Salary Range: 13.00-16.00/hour

Peer Specialist I

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Description/Job Summary

The Peer Specialist is an individual who has received mental health and/or substance use/abuse treatment and services for severe and pervasive mental illness and are willing to offer his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge and first-hand insight for the benefit of the team and consumers. The function of the Peer Specialist is to work with other ACT team members by providing information regarding the recovery process, symptom management consumers need to be successful and maintain a satisfying lifestyle. The Peer Specialist works closely with the ACT team members to promote the group culture that recognizes, understands, and respects each consumer's perspective and point of view.
 
The CROSS MHDS ACT program will have an office in Knoxville Iowa, and a satellite location in Leon Iowa. The ACT program will support participants residing through the seven counties of the CROSS MHDS Region. This position will also support the operation of the program on a rotating on-call, evening, and weekend schedule. 

Responsibilities/Duties

  • Provide services at times and locations convenient to clients. 
  • Provide face-to-face services in the client’s home, in public places, wherever necessary. 
  • Ensure clients have access to and utilize the ACT after-hours on-call staff for emergencies or after-hour support.
  • Assume lead roles with designated clients.
  • Provide transportation assistance to consumers; including public transportation or use of private vehicle.
  • Provide assertive outreach when necessary to engage clients.
  • Assure continuity of care when client is in the hospital, jail, respite, etc.
  • Actively participate in the engagement of new clients into the ACT program. 
  • Document telephone and face-to-face contacts with consumers on program progress notes
  • Document all collateral contacts and community-based activities. 

Required Experience

  • Wrap facilitator training desired.

Required Education

  • A High School Diploma or GED required

Required Qualifications

  • Currently hold or have the ability to obtain Certified Mental Health Peer Support Specialist in the state of Iowa

Program Summary

Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) is an evidence-based, best-practice model of service provided through an interdisciplinary team to ensure a recovery-oriented system of care. ACT is available 24 hours a day, seven days per week, and is prepared to carry out a full range of treatment functions in the participants chosen community. The ACT team consists of the following members: master’s level mental health clinicians, registered nurse, substance abuse specialist, vocational specialist, psychiatrist/ARNP, peer support specialist, and a program assistant. Team members work together with the individuals served to promote symptom stability and appropriate use of medication; restore personal, community living and social skills; promote and maintain physical health; establish access to entitlements, housing, work and social opportunities; and help maintain the highest possible level of functioning in the community. 
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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.