HARPS - “Housing and Recovery Through Peer Services”
PURPOSE:The HARPS Peer Counselor has experience as a recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its clients. The HARPS Peer Counselor provides peer counseling and support with an emphasis on enhancing access to and retention in permanent supported housing; provides the team with expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by clients to lead a satisfying life. The Peer Counselor advocates for client choice, self-determination, and decision-making in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of treatment, rehabilitation, and support services; supports client participation in consumer self-help and advocacy programs, educates and teaches symptom-management techniques, promotes personal growth and development by assisting clients to cope with internal and external stresses; and coordinates services with other Mental Health and allied providers.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND DUTIES:
High school diploma and has experience as a recipient of mental health services. Relevant experience working with clients with severe and persistent mental illness preferred. Possess and maintain valid driver’s license with an acceptable motor vehicle report and reliable, insured transportation. Certified Peer Counselor or complete certification within six months of employment. Good oral and written communication skills. Must have a strong commitment to the right and the ability of each person with a severe mental illness to live in normal community residences; work in market jobs; and have access to helpful, adequate, competent, and continuous supports and services. It is essential the peer specialist have skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with persons with severe and persistent mental illnesses and respect for clients’ rights and personal preferences in treatment is essential.
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