Peer Support Specialist ($21.16 – $27.33 DOE)
If you thrive in a fast-paced environment with a team that is dedicated to providing our clients with the highest level of care so they can “Live their Own Best Lives”, then come join the JAMHI team. Our Peer Specialist provides hope, encouragement and recovery support services to a diverse population of program participants who have an opioid use disorder (or are at risk of an opioid use disorder) and may also have a behavioral health disorder. Drawing significantly on personal experience, assists individuals in connecting to treatment services and services to meet clients’ basic needs, plans sober events, provides outreach to social service agencies and leads group sessions. The Peer Specialist helps link individuals to resources as directed by the individual’s own recovery journey.
Works independently and as part of an interdisciplinary team designed to meet the needs of clients. Work is performed at JAMHI facilities as well as in a variety of professional, institutional and community settings. Work schedule will include evening and weekend hours.
Major areas of Responsibility Include but not limited to:
- Orients persons with opioid use disorder (or at risk of an opioid use disorder) and possible co-occurring mental health disorders to recovery services, basic needs services.
- Manages care coordination for multiple clients with various needs and in various stages of need. While completing all paperwork and collaborating with community agencies, government officials, as well as other workers.
- Works independently assisting clients.
- Administers screening tools.
- Develops individualized service plans and goals with clients.
- Engages clients in achieving goals through the use of recovery coaching, motivational interviewing, problem-solving techniques.
- Assists clients in overcoming barriers to meeting recovery goals.
- Arranges for or provides client transportation to recovery/wellness/basic needs appointments.
- Accompanies clients as required to recovery/wellness/basic needs appointments.
- Follows up with clients via phone calls, home visits and meetings in office or other safe location.
- Works with individuals one-on-one and in groups to provide recovery support, education and outreach.
- Leads and facilitates support groups.
- Supports and facilitates the development of skills that client will need to attain or maintain sobriety.
- Meets agency quality and compliance standards.
- Shares personal recovery experiences and develops authentic peer-to-peer relationships.
- Uses personal lived experience with mental, emotional and/or substance abuse challenges to empower individuals served by the program to define and pursue their own strength based recovery and wellness goals.
- Keeps accurate and timely documentation of client activities and interventions for billing purposes. Submits documentation within defined time frames.
- Works collaboratively with clinicians, wellness staff, case managers and others in pursuit of person centric holistic approach to care.
- Develops partnerships with community-based organizations to increase referrals to the program.
- Provides direct contact, outreach, mentoring, systems navigation, community oversight and crisis support as needed to individuals with mental health disorder and/or opioid use disorder diagnoses.
- Serves as advocate for population being served.
- Communication: Strong written and oral communication skills
- Organization & Planning: Self-motivated, able to prioritize multiple issues, solid organizational skills, ability to track projects/tasks and follow through as needed.
- Follows through on Commitments: Able to manage time-sensitive projects and meet deadlines
- Proactive: Able to identify opportunities for improvements and implement solutions.
- Teamwork: Able to work collaboratively with internal staff and external providers/clients
- Flexibility & Adaptability: Able to work independently in a changing environment
- Persistence: Able to press on in the midst of challenges or obstacles
- Ability to earn the trust of a diverse range of service users, including diversity of age, gender and gender identity, race, religion, sexual orientation, physical and mental ability and more.
- Two years’ experience in a relevant field, face-to-face engagements with peers.
- High School diploma or equivalent.
- A past or present consumer of mental health or substance abuse services.
- Willingness to self-identify as a person in recovery from alcoholism or drug addiction with a history of managing one’s own illness for a minimum of three (3) years.
- Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office.
- Meet State and Agency requirements for passing a criminal background check and driving record upon hire and as required thereafter.
- Must have valid Alaska driver’s license, or ability to obtain an Alaska driver’s license within 90 days of hire, and ability to clear the JAMHI auto insurance screening through the independent insurance carrier and/or if driving own vehicle, the minimum state liability coverage is required.
- Must be able to obtain First Aid/CPR following hire.
- Must be 21 years of age or older.
NOTE: If the State of Alaska implements a Peer Specialist certification, the JAMHI Peer Specialist is required to obtain that certification.
- Extended periods of sitting and standing. Bending, pushing, moving and lifting objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Mobility and dexterity sufficient to assist clients and handle required job-related functions and move about the facility. Ability to cope with clients who may use challenging or offensive language with potential for escalation.
Application Instructions: To be considered for a position with JAMHI, you must submit both your resume and our employment application. Be sure to complete all requested information on the application form. Do not write “See Resume” on the application. Incomplete applications will not be considered. You may submit your paperwork by email HR@jamhi.org or by drop off at our clinic located at 3406 Glacier Hwy.