PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST
This position will work as part of the ACT team located at the Clackamas Health Center. The position is part time at 20/hrs. per week, Monday and Tuesday, 8:30am to 5:00pm and Wednesday, 8:30am to 12:30pm.
The Peer Support Specialist (PSS) works as a member of the interdisciplinary Assertive Community Treatment Team (ACT), and provides recovery-based wellness coaching to individuals with mental health challenges being served within the outpatient and/or residential facility, or with individuals in the community. This position involves participation and implementation of program goals and objectives by providing a set of non-clinical activities that will promote a strengths-based, wellness-informed, person-centered approach to assisting individuals in achieving their personal goals, while supporting a trauma-informed care environment. With the high prevalence of trauma among individuals receiving mental health services, it is required the Peer Support Specialist understand the effects of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of the lives of those we serve. The Peer Support Specialist will advocate for the individual and motivate them to pursue their individual wellness journey.
- A completed Peer Support Specialist training in mental health approved by the Oregon Health Authority (OHA).
- A Traditional Healthcare Worker (THW) certification is required in addition and must be kept current and in compliance with the OAR's.
- Must complete a Peer Wellness Training approved by the OHA within two years of the date of employment.
- Position requires experience as a former or current user of mental health services.
- Must self-disclose as a current or former user of behavioral health services and must have personal experience with recovery.
- Some work experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental health challenges is preferred.
- Operate computer hardware and software (including Electronic Health Record software) at a level needed to effectively perform job functions.
- Enter and retrieve data.
- Prepare simple reports and progress notes.
- Must have access to a personal vehicle and be comfortable transporting clients in a community setting. Possess a valid driver's license, three year driving history; clean driving record, ability to pass Driver Motor Vehicle (DMV) check and complete the Cascadia online Defensive Driving course.
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