Peer Support Specialist, WRC

Clinical/Client Services Fairfield, California


Description

Position Title:                    Peer Support Specialist
Program/Dept:                 Wellness & Recovery Center
Reports to:                         Program Director
Classification:                   Regular, Full-time, Non-Exempt
Salary Range:                    DOE + Full Benefits Package

Agency Description:       Founded in San Mateo, California, in 1964, Caminar’s thriving programs and services serve more than 20,000 individuals annually across San Mateo, Santa Clara, San Francisco, Solano, and Butte Counties. Our nonprofit organization’s portfolio of behavioral health and supportive services empowers and supports individuals and families to move toward resilience, wellness, and independence. And, we are expanding our capacity to address the increasingly complex needs of individuals and families.

Position Description:     Under supervision of the Program Director, the Peer Support Specialist provides group and individual support to adults with serious mental illness and/or substance abuse. The incumbent assists in the planning and coordination of Consumer Center activities, assists in tracking services and provides outreach support and assistance as necessary to individuals in the community.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:       

  • Assist Consumers in problem-solving and obtaining community resource contacts.
  • Assess crisis situations and need for support; seek assistance from Program Director, Asst. Program Director or Case Manager to provide intervention as necessary.
  • Assist in developing community supports; request services and make referral for services that people need. For example, referral for housing services or counseling, based on the person’s needs and preferences.
  • Attend supervision meetings.
  • Attend all in-service and county trainings as required.
  • Maintain Medi-Cal documentation (after training period); progress notes per contact; and recording of time on reporting document.
  • Assisting consumers in developing empowerment skills through self-advocacy and stigma-busting activities. Provide training and education to clients; teach skill building activities such as: budgeting, cooking, public transportation etc.
  • Participate in promoting a safe, healthy and clean working environment at all times consistent with applicable laws, industry standards and the agency’s own Health & Safety Program.
  • Complete and submit accurate time sheets and absence reports to Program Director in a timely manner.
  • Maintain a client caseload as assigned.
  • Maintain productivity (client services) between 40-50% of 40 hour work week. (16-20) hours per week.
  • Document in a timely manner treatment planning and interventions according to agency, county, and MediCal billing and quality assurance requirements.
  • Coordinate client treatment with all other members of the treatment team, including family members, conservators, discharge planners, and social workers when clients are hospitalized.
  • Promote within the agency and with the general public the philosophy and practice of social rehabilitation.
  • May drive own or agency vehicle to treatment destinations, as required; documenting and reporting mileage according to agency procedures, so that services can be provided in a timely manner; comply with agency vehicle policy at all times.
  • Actively nurture and advance the cooperative, harmonious and teamwork oriented environment Caminar strives to promote within the workplace; Through daily efforts and presentation promote an atmosphere of dignity and respect in line with the organization’s mission, philosophy, policies and procedures.
  • Perform other related duties, responsibilities and special projects as assigned.

Requirements, Qualifications, Skills & Abilities:

  • Must be passionate about Caminar's mission.
  • High School Diploma or GED preferred.
  • Prior experience with SMI/DD preferred.
  • Must be highly motivated, able to share recovery experience and provide support services to other persons with psychiatric disabilities.
  • Must be able to express belief in peoples’ ability to succeed in their recovery.
  • Must have knowledge of community resources.

Special Requirements:

  • Must be able to meet and receive a criminal records clearance, as required by Title XXII, other licensing regulations, and Caminar practices.
  • May be required to maintain a valid California driver license, an MVR sufficient to obtain and reasonably maintain insurability under agency auto liability policies, personal auto insurance and reliable personal vehicle.
  • Must be able to pass post offer, pre-employment medical and drug tests as required under State Community Care Licensing regulations and/or agency policies.

 

Caminar is a leader in providing innovative client-oriented behavioral health services and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our team.  Please visit our web site at www.caminar.org