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Peer Specialist (Part-Time Uvalde MH) 

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About the Organization Hill Country Mental Health and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Centers is a unit of local government and a not-for-profit, 501C provider of Mental Health and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, Substance Abuse, and Veteran Peer Services throughout the greater Texas Hill Country Region. Hill Country MHDD Centers is designated to be the Mental Health Authority by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) and the Intellectual and Developmental Disability Authority by the Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) for a 19 County Service Area including: Bandera, Blanco, Comal, Edwards, Gillespie, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Llano, Mason, Medina, Menard, Real, Schleicher, Sutton, Uvalde and Val Verde Counties. With a Mission of Promoting Independence, Community Integration and Recovery, HCMHDD Centers operates (10) ten Mental Health Clinics, (8) Developmental Disability Centers and serving a population of over 630,349 consumers within 22,593 square miles.

Scope of Services

• Adult Mental Health

• Crisis Stabilization Unit

• Children's Mental Health

• Substance Abuse Disorder

• Intellectual Developmental Disabilities

• Veterans Services

Category Peer Services  

Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Centers

Mission: "Promoting Independence, Community Integration, and Recovery"

Job Title: Peer Specialist (Part-time)

Hill Country Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Centers strongly believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential. At the present time, we are looking for a qualified candidate to fill the role of Peer Specialist on a part-time basis. Peer Specialists provide advocacy, engagement activities, skill’s training, whole health and resiliency individually and/or groups for consumers receiving services.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Provide practical real-world support in coping with life’s day to day demands through modeling and coaching approaches to mental health recovery
  • Promote the value of self-help, peer support and personal empowerment to foster recovery
  • Coach individuals in positive skill-building techniques for improved life management (e.g., problem solving, identifying and overcoming fears and negative self-talk)
  • Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies
  • Organize, plan, and facilitate, peer support groups
  • Effectively manage conflict, promote change and growth, and inspire the development of all individuals served
  • Look for growth opportunities in the system of care, and voice growth and development ideas to supervisor to continuously improve services provided through peer support
  • Develop meaningful, innovative and impactful group engagement activities, based on the needs of the individuals of the group; with a “Whole Health” approach
  • Manage schedule to keep individuals served informed and updated on activities
  • Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies

Peer Specialists must have personal life experience with mental illness and be active and stable in the recovery. Candidates also must be willing and able to share recovery story with incoming and current clientele.

Position Requirements

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Active and stable in one’s own mental health recovery for at least one (1) year
  • High School Graduate/GED
  • Valid Texas driver’s license
  • Current Automobile Insurance
  • Current Certification as a Mental Health Peer Specialist - Preferred
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) - Preferred

Physical Requirements:

  • Walk, talk, hear, use hands to handle, feel, or operate objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standards, including meeting qualitative and/or quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with the ADA, FMLA and other federal, state and local standard
  • Able to push, pull, lift, and/or carry over 20 pounds
  • Able to talk, listen and speak clearly on telephone

Hill Country MHDD Centers will assist with Peer Specialist certification

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift Days  
Compensation $11.92 per hour(Not Certified); $12.90 (Initial Certification); $13.90 (Fully Certified)  
On-Call Pay Schedule (If applicable)  
Position Peer Specialist  
Req Number PEE-19-00020  
Location Uvalde County Mental Health Center  

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