Deschutes County is currently accepting applications for a Peer Support Specialist. This position will provide support services to clients in our integrated physical and behavioral health program. Peer Support Specialists are fully integrated team members who provide highly individualized and intensive recovery-oriented services to achieve specific goals and increase resiliency for individuals with a serious mental illness (SMI). The goal for client services is to help individuals be as independent as possible and to improve their overall wellness. Incumbent will work closely with a variety of behavioral health teams as well as the integrated medical team. Services provided will be performed in a wide variety of settings in the community such as professional and private facilities, client homes, offices, jails, courts, hospitals and clinics, and will include setting up and possibly providing transportation when appropriate. The position will coordinate with other medical providers to link supports, resource acquisition, coaching, problem solving, skill development and education for clients as well as other duties assigned. Due to workload surrounding COVID-19, the incumbent in this position may occasionally be assigned to provide Peer Support services in other program areas as assigned by the department.
A Peer Support Specialist draws on his/her own personal experiences to assist clients in achieving recovery goals and resiliency; promotes self-determination, personal responsibility, and empowerment; acts as a role model; and shares life experiences and lessons learned as a person in mental health recovery. For additional information on the requirements to become a Peer Support Specialist – Click Here.
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$2,954.18 to $3,958.87 per month for a 172.67 hour work month. Salary normally starts at the first step. Excellent County benefit package when eligible. This union-represented position is available immediately.
Must have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. As defined by Oregon Administrative Rule 309-032-1501, a “Peer Support Specialist” provides peer delivered services to an individual or family member with similar life experience, under the supervision of a qualified Clinical Supervisor. A Peer Support Specialist must complete an Addictions and Behavioral Health Division certified peer support specialist training program either at the time of hire or within four months from date of hire, and be a self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services; or a self-identified person in recovery from a substance use disorder, who meets the abstinence requirements for recovering staff in alcohol and other drug treatment programs; or a family member of an individual who is a current or former recipient of addictions or mental health services.
Preference will be given for:
- Self-identified person currently or formerly receiving mental health services or combined mental health and substance use disorder.
- Current certification in Oregon as a Certified Traditional Health Worker, Peer Support Specialist.
Must have the ability to:
- Assist clients in developing the perspectives that promote resiliency and facilitate recovery.
- Model personal responsibility and self-care.
- Advocate for clients.
- Teach coping/life skills.
- Share own experiences in appropriate ways.
- Keep boundaries and form appropriate relationships with clients.
- Perform a wide variety of tasks to assist client’s wellness.
- Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
- Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others at all times.
- Use a personal computer and keyboard.
Necessary Special Requirements
- Possession of or ability to obtain a valid Oregon driver’s license within 30 days of hire date. The employment offer will be contingent upon presentation of an acceptable and verifiable driver’s license, pre-employment screening for criminal history, driving history, controlled substances, and a psychological evaluation. (NOTE: Positive test results for marijuana use may result in rescission of a contingent offer of employment). This screening must be completed with satisfactory findings in order for a formal offer of employment to be extended.
- Must have dependable transportation and be willing and able to drive throughout Deschutes County in sometimes adverse weather conditions.
- Must be willing to work a flexible schedule when needed to meet the needs of the client and department.
- Physical Requirements: Requires sufficient ambulatory ability to drive throughout Deschutes County and to provide face-to-face services in a variety of settings in the community, including but not limited to hospitals, jails, clinics, client homes, and community and residential settings within required response times.
- If the final candidate is a current client of the Deschutes County Health Services Behavioral Health Division, they will be re-assigned to another agency for services.
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