Peer support specialists will meet with clients individually and provide group discussion in principals of recovery. Peers provide a unique service to program residents with the lived experience with mental health, substance abuse and/or forensics.
Responsibilities: Life Skills and Educational Counseling
Person In Recovery (PIR) Chores/House Maintenance
Support PIRs in maintaining community and program space
Support PIRs in maintaining their daily schedules
Food and Household Goods
Assist, monitor and support in meal planning, food inventory, the creation of a grocery shopping list and grocery shopping as assigned
Support and assist meal preparation and clean up
Support implementation of Nutrition Program
Monitor and assist at mealtime
Assist and support with education on medications and symptom management
Assist PIRs in conflict resolution
Provide crisis intervention
Participate in Program milieu
Support PIR in developing an Advance Directive if desired
Attend and/or facilitate any assigned educational groups and meetings
Actively support PIRs in facilitating socialization and recreation activities
Assist PIR with treatment work
Support PIR’s recovery efforts and attainment of Recovery Capital
Transport PIR to approved appointments and/or outings using agency vehicle
Document educational groups and any resident contact
Conduct, facilitate and document fire drills as assigned
Participate in residents’ Monthly Treatment team mtgs., staff mtgs. and supervision as assigned
Read emails daily, communicate with program staff for updates on resident progress
Engage participants in a trusting and supportive relationship, providing emotional support with professional boundaries as needed
Provide assistance and support to participants in their development and use of WRAP and Safety Plans
Support the individualized recovery plan developed with the participant, with the aim of achieving and maintaining health and emotional well-being as well as participating in recovery experiencesAssist the participant to reach the goals he has set in the recovery plan.
Provide emergency coverage for next shift when necessary
Other duties as assigned by Director to ensure continuity of care
The following activities are considered essential in helping the PIR to achieve goals:
Incorporating self-help techniques into daily living experiences and problem-solving activities
Role modeling adaptive styles of behaviors
Practice and encourage advocacy activities to enable self-advocacy efforts
Participation in the PIR’s development of an informal support network
Peer supports self-identify as a person with lived experience in mental health, substance abuse and/or forensics and is willing to share their experiences with residents to promote symptom management, recovery and overall wellness.
RHD Glassport LTSR is a long-term structured residential program serving eligible adult males who are residents of Allegheny County and have been diagnosed with serious mental illness and substance use disorder, or dually-diagnosed with an intellectual disability. Residents may also have a forensic history.
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.