Crisis Response Peer Support Specialist

Description

Crisis Response Team Peer Support Specialist - Full Time
Hiring Range: $20.07/hr. - $24.58/hr.

Benefits:

  • Comprehensive and generous health, dental and vision benefits
  • Up to 19 days of PTO, 2 mental health days and 8 paid holidays your first year (pro-rated for part-time)
  • Company paid life insurance, short-term disability, and long-term disability
  • Student loan payment assistance and extensive training
  • An incredible team approach that is dynamic and collaborative


The Crisis Response Team Peer Support Specialist has experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share their personal and practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team, clients, families of clients, and other community partners, as needed.

Primary Responsibilities:
  • Draw on common experiences as a peer to validate clients' experiences and provide guidance and encouragement to take responsibility and participate in their recovery. Promote hope and empowerment designed to help clients attain recovery goals and maintain the highest possible independence level, even during periods of instability.
  • Promote hope and empowerment designed to help clients attain recovery goals and maintain the highest possible independence level, even during periods of instability.
  • Share experiences related to involuntary treatment and provide supportive hope-inspired recovery-oriented communications in support of the client and family.
  • Provide information and referral to housing options as needed to promote and encourage supportive housing options as an alternative to homelessness.
  • Provide referrals to job training and vocational rehabilitation when the circumstances allow.
  • Provide information and referral for reliable transportation to access primary care medical appointments, dental care, and other medical specialists as required.
  • Provide coaching and encouragement to help clients socialize and plan and carry out leisure time activities.
  • Maintain effective communication with physicians, nursing staff, individuals served, families, and others related to discharge planning, hospital placement, and other communications as needed regarding involuntary treatment and referrals to less restrictive alternatives to inpatient care.
  • Support Designated Crisis Responders in arranging for appropriate, less restrictive alternative placements.
  • Help clients and staff to identify, understand, and combat stigma, and discrimination
  • To assist clients in locating self-help and consumer advocacy groups that promote recovery while acting as the liaison between the team and such groups.
  • Collaborate with staff and clients on awareness of client rights, including grievance and complaint procedures; support clients with filing, mediating, and resolving complaints.
  • Assist in providing ongoing assessment and direct services to clients, responding to such challenges as an increase in suicidality, the need for substance abuse education and treatment, and the client's readiness for meaningful daily activity, including employment.
  • Provide practical help and supports to help clients gain access to health care services and other necessary services such as legal services, housing subsidies, and funding alternatives.


Minimum Qualifications:

EDUCATION: High School Diploma or GED

EXPERIENCE:

Entry level (no prior related work experience)

Possess and maintain a valid driver's license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation

LICENSURE: Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration.

Completion of the Washington State Mental Health Division's Peer Counselor Training and the subsequent certification as a Peer Counselor within six months of employment.

Preferred Qualifications:

EXPERIENCE:

Relevant experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness.

Capacity to work well with children and families.

Our recruitment processes are designed to prevent discrimination against our people regardless of gender identity or orientation, religion, ethnicity, age, neurodiversity, disability status, citizenship, or any aspect which makes someone unique.