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(2002) Certified Peer Specialist

Job Description

The Certified Peer Specialist will serve as a member of the Intensive Transition Team (ITT) for the Hospital Stepdown Program. This three-year Hospital Transition Pilot Program is designed to step-down/transition individuals who are psychiatrically and/or medically fragile from inpatient state hospital settings to more appropriate community-based settings. The ITT will work as a team to identify, assess, facilitate step-down/transition, house, and provide services and supports to maintain community integration.

As a member of the ITT, the Certified Peer Specialist will collaborate with, as applicable or determined necessary based on clinical presentation and client preference: state hospital staff, BTCS continuity of care staff, Medicaid Managed Care Organization staff, a peer support specialist, a substance use counselor, the participant, and the participant’s family or legally authorized representative.

The primary duties of a Certified Peer Specialist include:

Under the direct supervision of the Director of Peer Services or designee the Mental Health Peer Specialist will provide Peer Support Services. A MHPS will provide peer support using Person-Centered Planning, Wellness Recovery Action Planning, Whole Health Action Management, Seeking Safety and Recovery Dialogue curricula. The primary responsibility of peers is to help individuals identify and achieve their own needs, wants and goals. The Mental Health Peer Specialist will facilitate and document individual and group services at mental health clinics, transitional housing, and in the community. The MHPS will work closely with Case Managers, Nursing Staff, Counselors, Management and other BBT staff to ensure continuity of care for the individuals receiving services. The MHPS may be asked to work a variable schedule with some evenings as needed.

COMMENTS:  Travel required to work onsite at State Hospitals and the Transitional Living Home in Georgetown, Texas.

Some on-call evening and weekend work required during emergency situations.

CountyGuadalupe County
CredentialsMinimum Qualifications: Lived Experience with recovery from Mental Health challenges. Certification must be obtained within six months of employment. High School Diploma or equivalent, Valid Texas Driver’s License and must maintain approved driving record throughout employment.

Preferred Qualifications: Currently Certified by the state of Texas as a Certified Mental Health Peer Specialist. Hold current certification in WRAP. Hold the following endorsements – Re-entry endorsement, Co-Occurring endorsement, WHAM practitioner, Seeking Safety practitioner, IPS training, 3+ years’ experience working as a Mental Health Peer Specialist.
Salary Amount$14.67 - 17.67/hr
Closing DateOpen until filled
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