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Peer Support Specialist - Homeless Outreach - Adult 

Description

Wyandot BHN is seeking a dedicated part-time Peer Support Specialist to join our Homeless Outreach team. This position provides individual support to consumers within the Wyandotte County community that may be experiencing mental health care challenges. They help clients and their families receiving support to identify skills, life goals, and resources that they can use to enhance their own wellness and achieve their life goals. The Homeless Outreach Specialist w/Lived Experience shares their story to inspire hope and to develop mutuality in peer-to-peer relationships.

Essential Job Duties:

  • Engage individuals with a dual diagnosis of mental illness and substance abuse in specific recovery plans and interventions related to mental health symptoms and substance abuse and develop positive, hopeful, and trusting relationships.
  • Train and coach individuals in positive skill-building techniques for improved life management (e.g., problem solving, identifying and overcoming fears and negative self-talk).
  • Recognize and demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Help others succeed by sharing your own personal revcovery story, demonstrating exceptional interpersonal skills, the ability to work effectively with persons with severe and persistent mental illness and addiction and the ability to react constructively in a wide variety of situations.
    • Effectively manage conflict, promote change and growth, and inspire the development of all clients served.
    • Model effective coping techniques and self-help strategies.
    • Value and respect every individual’s recovery experience.
  • Assist clients in initiating and maintaining relationships with other agencies, self-help groups and external resources.
  • Complete all documentation and reporting requirements thoroughly and on time.
  • Interact positively and in cooperation with other members of the organization and team, including active participation in supervision activities, team meetings, continuing education, etc.
 
Position Requirements
  • High School diploma or GED equivalent. Current or recent studies in behavioral healthcare a plus!
  • The provider must self-identify as a former primary consumer of behavioral healthcare services and lived experience with addiction recovery.
  • Have a minimum of one year in recovery as evidenced by one year of sobriety and free of psychiatric hospital admissions for one year.
  • Demonstrated working knowledge of recovery and wellness philosophy and behavioral healthcare and substance abuse field.
  • Ability to establish relationships with individuals and organizations of influence within the social services community, including civic groups, charitable agencies, related government entities, fundraising sources, etc.
  • Complete Certified Peer Support Training and the Peer Support Certification exam within 6 months of employment
 
Full-Time/Part-Time Part-Time  
Hours Monday - Friday, Between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm  
Division Wyandot Center  
About the Organization Wyandot Behavioral Health Network (Wyandot BHN) is a family of organizations serving the behavioral health needs of Wyandotte County, Kansas, and beyond.

Our network of organizations provides resources for adults, children and families in need of behavioral health services; individuals experiencing homelessness; assistance with housing, employment, and other needs.

Wyandot BHN organizations include:

• Kim Wilson Housing, Inc. - Supportive housing program
• RSI - 24/7 Crisis Center
• PACES - Children & adolescents behavioral health care center
• Wyandot Center - Adult behavioral health care center  
EOE Statement Wyandot Behavioral Health Network's family of organizations: Kim Wilson Housing, PACES, RSI and Wyandot Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

It is the policy of Wyandot Behavioral Health Network to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender (to include orientation, identity or expression), disability, handicap, age, or any other basis prohibited by law. Any act of retaliation or discrimination against any person who has filed a complaint or assisted or participated in any investigation involving a complaint is prohibited.
 

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