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 incumbent in this position is a mobile staff and expected to deliver services to individuals throughout the service territory as scheduled. This position will also support the operation of the program on a rotating on-call, evening, and weekend schedule.
Essential Duties and Functions
• 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.
• Utilize Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) and Stages of Change techniques to engage and provide treatment to clients.
• Assume lead roles with designated clients. Develop, coordinate, and implement treatment, rehabilitation, and support services for these cases.
• Provide relapse prevention training and on-going education as outlined in the treatment plan of clients.
• Develop early intervention plans and recovery action plans with consumers.
• Provide direct assistance with family of clients in areas such as in-home family education and relationship building.
• Provide transportation assistance to consumers; including public transportation or use of private vehicle. Assist clients in becoming transportation independent.
• 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 many of whom are transitioning from a residential, or inpatient acute level of care.