ICL

  • Peer Specialist

    Job Locations US-NY-Brooklyn
    Position Number
    55531501
    Department
    East Bklyn ACT Team
    Type
    Regular Full-Time
    FLSA Status
    Non-Exempt
  • Overview

    Under the general
    supervision of the Team Leader/Program Supervisor or designee,  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. 
    Participates in the provision of crisis intervention services to
    participants.   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. The Peer Specialist
    assists service recipients through supportive counseling to participate as
    fully as possible in the life of the community with the intent of achieving
    individual goals that foster personal growth and the highest level of
    independence possible and desired.

    Responsibilities

    Travels to/visits recipients' residences to provide supportive services on a schedule established by the program.    Counsels recipients regarding plans for meeting service needs, and aids the recipients to mobilize inner capabilities and environmental resources to attain goals.

     

    Educates recipients about self-help techniques and self-help group processes

     

    Teaches recipients effective coping strategies based on personal experience

     

    Teaches symptom management skills

     

    Assists in clarifying rehabilitation and recovery goals.

     

    Assists in maintaining up-to-date, accurate individual case records on each assigned recipient.  

     

    Assists      in obtaining and developing resource information for recipients in all      aspects of their care; disseminates this information to recipients in a      manner that is clear and understandable.

     

     Assist the recipient in meeting service      plan goals.

     

    Helps      facilitate individualized services to the recipient that meet the diverse      needs of the recipient and focus on the discharge-planning goal.

     

    Explains the types of clinical services,   and ICL programs available to recipients; helps instruct the recipient in daily living skills, socialization skill enhancement and conflict resolution.

     

    Performs crisis assessment and nonverbal and verbal crisis intervention.

     

    Assists in referring recipients to community resources and other organizations.  Accompanies recipients on regularly scheduled or emergency visits to medical treatment facilities, social agencies, government offices, or other locations associated with the treatment or assistance of the recipient.

     

    Advocates on behalf of recipient with outside service providers and within ICL.

     

    Assists resident/recipient in finding and getting into vocational training or other training opportunities, and works with other team members in addressing the needs of recipients

     

    Immediately reports serious incidents, serious incident allegations, incidents, or sensitive situations to supervisors.  Completes incident reports in accordance with ICL policy.  Accounts for recipients and files missing person reports on recipients not accounted for in accordance with ICL policy and procedure.

     

     Complies with attendance and timekeeping rules and reports reliably and regularly to work on an on-going basis.

     

    Attends regularly scheduled clinical meetings, staff meetings and supervision as well as in-service training and development activities.

     

     Complies with agency infection control policies.

     

    .Other job-related duties that may be assigned.

    Qualifications

    MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS:

     

    • Completion of an internship or comparable training in peer advocacy; experience in providing advocacy services to people who are mentally ill and/or homeless .
    • Past or current recipient of mental health, substance services or homeless services preferred.

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