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Peer Specialist (Part-Time Kyle 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 Kyle MH)

Job Summary:

We have an anticipated opening in October 2019, for a Peer Specialist on a Part-Time basis! Under the direction of the Director of Peer Support Services, the Peer Support Specialist provides individual and group peer support services to individuals in need of behavioral health supports. Supports include assistance with more effectively utilizing the service delivery system, understanding and coping with stressors along with coaching, and mentoring of the individuals served through peer support. The position provides recovery-oriented peer services as part of a multi-disciplinary team to individuals enrolled in Hill Country MHDD behavioral health services programs. Peer support services are designed to offer recovery oriented behavioral health services to individuals, with a goal of restoring cognitive functioning, strengthen natural supports, stabilizing psychiatric symptoms, and developing a clear path to recovery. These services may be provided to a person, or a group, and are aimed at assisting in the creation of skills to promote long-term, sustainable recovery. This position assists the team and individual to maximize and enhance individuals experience and choice, self-determination and decision-making in the planning and coordination of services. This position is committed to meeting the individual where they are and providing services in the community, at place of employment, and home as appropriate. The Certified Peer Specialist by definition is a person in recovery who will utilize her or his personal mental health recovery experience to instill a sense of hope and optimism for individuals facing mental health challenges.


  • 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.
  • Manage schedule to keep individuals served informed and updated on activities

Program Operational Functions:

  • Interact positively and in cooperation with other members of the organization and team, including active participation in supervision activities, team meetings, continuing education, etc.
  • Maintains data tracking systems in an organized manner to comply with reporting and auditing requests in a timely fashion
  • Complete all documentation and reporting requirements thoroughly and on time

Work Behaviors:

  • Maintains comprehensive documentation that meets or exceeds Department of State Health Services (DSHS) standards, and Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) standards
  • Utilizes Collaborative Documentation and 95% of all documentation entered within 24 hours
  • Person Centered Recovery Planning/Treatment Plan is developed in collaboration with the treatment team/individual/family served and any other person or provider requested by the individual /family within 10 days of admission
  • Coordinate discharge plans, track referrals, and provide follow-up on individuals who are released from the program
  • Comply with HIPAA and Protected Health Information (PHI)/Personally Identifiable Information (PII) policies/rules/laws/regulations to ensure confidentiality of all client information
  • Comply with all HCMHDDC policies, and procedures; including the on-time completion of all required training
  • Ensures timely communication within the department and with other departments and agencies via written correspondence, email, telephones and other means to ensure project follow through and completion
  • Value and respect every individual’s recovery experience
  • Engage individuals in services in the progression of person-centered recovery goals/objectives
  • Provide face-to-face service hours to reach or exceed performance goals
  • Schedule one-to-one appointments. This may include home visits.
  • Must be eager to promote the peer support program. This includes engaging individuals in existing services or new to services into the peer support program; this may include introductory calls (cold calls), greeting individuals waiting for services (in waiting areas), presenting information in a public setting, etc.
  • Provide timely notice to individuals served and supervisor on changes to group schedules, appointments, etc.
  • A valid driver’s license and insurance is required as routine driving and/or transportation is required.
  • A willingness to share your personal experience of mental health recovery is essential.
  • Develop meaningful, innovative and impactful group engagement activities based on the needs of the individuals of the group; with a “Whole Health” approach.
  • Attends work regularly in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.

Other Job Functions:

  • Performs other duties as required to meet program and departmental goals and objectives
  • Must be able to successfully complete PMAB and CPR training
Position Requirements

Academic / Work Experience Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED Equivalent
  • Must have personal lived experience with mental health challenges (one year), and a willingness to share your personal experience of recovery is essential. As a model Peer Support provider, it is important to remain active and stable in one’s own recovery. (Required)

Certificates / Licensure Requirements:

  • Valid Texas Driver's License
  • Automobile Insurance (Current without lapse)

Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Shift Days  
Compensation $11.92 per hour-New Hires/ not certified; $12.90 per hour- Initial Certification; $13.90 per hour-when guidelines are achieved within 6 months of Initial Certification  
On-Call Pay Schedule (If applicable) N/A  
Position Peer Specialist  
Req Number PEE-19-00023  
Location Kyle Mental Health Clinic  

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