ICL Beacon Program with MetroPlus is here to ensure that Health and Recovery Program (HARP) members who are not enrolled in a Health Home, are given the opportunity to access Home and Community Based Services. ICL Beacon Program links clients to HCBS, Home & Community Based Services, targeting a special need for the client, either with education, vocational services, employment services and peer and family support. The goals of program are to increase engagement in care, reduce ER/inpatient utilization, and improve quality of life.
Under the general supervision of the RCA Project Director, Peer Specialists serve as role models, educate recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes, teach effective coping strategies based on personal experience, teach symptom management skills, assist in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals and assist in the development of community support systems and networks. The Peer Specialist assists assigned individuals in developing and maintaining viable living, working and social situations in the community by obtaining needed medical, social, psychosocial, educational, financial, vocational, and other services. Travels to/visits recipients' residences or apartments to provide counsel and assistance and to help the recipients, within their capabilities and interests, in maintaining the greatest degree of independent living. The majority of duties are often performed independently under general supervision.
Essential Job Functions:
Minimum: Demonstrates interpersonal communications skills and the ability to empathize with, relate to and effectively work with recipients of mental health services AND two years of active participation in mental health self-help activities, peer support or peer advocacy programs, or recipient run organizations or similar experiences or programs.