at Aroostook Mental Health Center in Caribou, Maine, United States
The Peer Support Specialist is responsible for providing peer support services in accordance to the standards established for this position by the agency. Specific duties involved in carrying out this responsibility include but are not limited to:
- Demonstrate Recovery-Based Values
- Provide linkage to Assessment and Treatment Services
- Recovery Goal Development and Planning
- Peer Support Activities/Interventions
- Adherence to Agency Policy and Procedures
- Peer Support Specialist has a personal belief in recovery.
- Has hope and genuine optimism that his/her peers will be successful with their recovery goals.
- Maintains a sincere interest in the welfare of their peers and to see each one as a unique individual.
- Values diversity and is able to flexibly engage peers based on their specific needs at various points in their recovery process.
- Upholds respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of each individual’s path to recovery.
- Provides orientation to mental health/substance abuse services and treatment providers.
- Assists with problem-solving to remove barriers around accessing and/or keeping appointments, including providing a means of transport if absolutely needed.
- Engages peer in maintaining an ongoing assessment of treatment and/or resource needs.
- Develops and maintains a recovery-focused relationship with the peer.
- Assists the peer to identify their personal goals, interests, and needs in relationship to recovery, and to articulate those goals and objectives into a treatment plan.
- Attends treatment planning, treatment sessions, review meetings as allowed by individual, and provides input into clinical meetings and consultation.
- Coordinates activities/interventions with the peer’s service team and other supports to help person achieve his/her goal
- Cultivates positive, trusting relationship with the peer.
- Provides general emotional support.
- Is able to identify when material, emotional, situational, psychiatric, or behavioral changes suggest the peer is needing additional assistance and intervention, and undertakes steps to obtain it.
This position requires a High School Diploma or its equivalent. The individual must be receiving or have received services and supports related to a mental health diagnosis, is in recovery and is willing to self-identify. Must be willing to obtain the Intentional Peer Support Specialist Certification within the required timeframes.
The individual in this position must also demonstrate the ability to: 1) work flexibly and independently; 2) communicate effectively in both written and verbal form; and, 3) possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
AMHC is an Equal Opportunity Employer