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Title

CERTIFIED PEER SPECIALIST 

Position PEER SPECIALIST  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Shift Days  
Number of Openings 1  
Location Milwaukee & Surrounding Areas  
Open Date 9/18/2023  
Close Date  
Description

Horizon Healthcare, Inc. is seeking Part and Full-Time Wisconsin-Certified Peer Specialists

The Peer Specialist program provides support and assistance to persons suffering from chronic mental illness, models for recovery from mental illness due to their experience, strength, and hope in mental health recovery. Peer Specialists are responsible for helping service recipients understand recovery and achieve their own recovery wants, needs, and goals, guided by the principle of self-determination.

Peer Specialists engage and encourage mental health service recipients in recovery, and provide them with a sense of belonging, supportive relationships, valued roles, and community in order to promote wellness, independent living, self-direction, and recovery focus, enhacing the skill and ability of service recipients to meet their chosen goals. Peer Specialists work with service recipients as equals except in having more recovery experience and training, looking for and empowering signs of wellness and recovery, and encouraging strength and self-direction. They are examples of recovery, meaning previous first-hand experience with some parts of what the service recipients are experiencing at the time support services are needed.

Duties & Responsiblities

  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity and competence
  • Provide strength-based assessments of individuals' assets, strengths, and abilities
  • Encourage the development of symptom management for individuals by providing recovery-based education and support
  • Assist individuals in the development and implementation of a Welness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) and support community or office-based WRAP planning
  • Provide observation of individuals' capacity and functioning and report any changes to the Targeted Case Management (TCM) team
  • Participate in the intake process with assigned case managers
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings, in-service training, seminars, and conferences as required. Keep current knowledge relevant to recovery and openly share this knowledge with coworkers and service recipients.
  • Work with individuals' collateral and community contacts to promote continuity of care
  • Participate in conducting home and community visits with assigned case managers
  • Assist clients with their process of stabilization and recovery in community-based crisis facilities
  • Facilitate psychosocial or other self-help, recovery-based groups to engage individuals in recognizing and understanding early triggers or signs of relapse, and assist in the development of coping skills
  • Be open and share with service recipients and coworkers stories of hope and recovery and like-wise be able to identify and describe the supports that promote recovery and resilience
  • Respect the rights, dignity, privacy, and confidentiality of service recipients at all times
  • Inform service recipients when first discussing confidentiality that contemplated or actual harm to one's self or other cannot be kept confidential. Inform service recipients the degree to which information will be shared with other team members based on agency policy and job description.
  • Inform appropriate staff members immediately about any person's possible harm to self or others or abuse from caregivers
  • Advocate service recipients to make their own decisions when partnering with professionals
  • Provide service and support within the hours, days, and locations that are authorized by the agency
  • Utilize supervision and abide by the standards for supervision established by their employer. The Peer Specialist will seek supervision to assist them in providing recovery-oriented services to recipients
  • Protect the welfare of all service recipients by ensuring all conduct will not constitute physical or psychological abuse, neglect, or exploitation
  • Provide trauma-informed care at all times
  • Other job-related duties as may be necessary to carry out the responsibilities of the position

 

 
Position Requirements
  • Wisconsin State Certified Peer Support Specialist
  • Position must pass a criminal background check and be free of offenses prohibiting employment under HSF83 at the time of employment and annually thereafter.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent
  • Hold a valid Driver's License for a minimum of two (2) years with no at-fault accidents and automobile insurance that meets agency guidelines
  • Demonstrated proficiency in reading, writing, and computer documentation (i.e. Microsoft Word)
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Ability to relate to individuals experiencing mental illness, psychiatric crisis, and/or other co-occuring disorders
  • Personal conduct in a manner that fosters self-recovery and maintains personal standards that are respectful to one's self and community

Horizon Healthcare, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer functioning under an Affirmative Action Plan. We encourage job applications from women, ethnic and other minorities (including members of the LGBT community), individuals with disabilities, and persons from socially and economically-disadvantaged backgrounds.

 
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Category Social Services  

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