Mental Health Association of Oregon (MHAO)-EVOLVE Job Posting
PAY SCALE: $16.00-$18.00 per hour DOE
FTE: 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week)
BENEFITS: This is a non-benefited position as outlined in the MHAO Employee Handbook
TITLE: OLDER ADULT (55 +) PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST/ RECOVERY MENTOR
REPORTS TO: Director of EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services
DEPARTMENT: EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services (Clackamas County Program)
DATE LAST REVIEWED: August 25, 2016
DEADLINE TO APPLY: September 8, 2016
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY: Submit cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to include which position you are applying for.
A peer support specialist is an individual who has made a personal commitment to his or her own mental health and/or addiction recovery, has navigated their recovery over a period of time, participates in special training to work with others, and is willing to share what he or she has experienced to support others on their individualized path.
Peer Support Specialists believe in recovery and work to promote the values that:
Recovery is a choice and unique to each individual.
Recovery is a journey, not a destination.
Self-directed recovery is possible for everyone, with or without professional help.
The Older Adult Peer Support Specialist (PSS)/Recovery Mentor offers peer support to individuals residing in Clackamas County as a peer who has similar life experiences and acts as a positive role model of living in recovery.
Provides holistic, person-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based support to older adults with mental health and/or co-occurring addiction challenges living in Clackamas County established with home and community. Initial point of contact may be while an individual is in the hospital, long term care community based setting private residence.
Education: High school diploma or equivalent valued.
Background Check: Criminal Background Check will be performed by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and ACCBO for the PSS/CRM certification process by the Background Check Unit (BCU). A criminal record does not necessarily exclude an individual from certification.
Experience: Identifies as having lived experience of mental health and/or addiction challenges. Understands the effects of the aging process, trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of individual needs. Understands the principles of recovery, person-directed services and trauma-informed care.
Possess an absolute belief in every peer’s ability to learn, grow and recover
Value peers’ right to make their own decisions
Value peers as the “experts” in their own lives
Possess insight pertaining to personal biases and worldview and how they may interfere with effectively working with individuals representing a variety of cultural, ethnic, language and life experiences.
Licensure/Certification: Oregon Health Authority Peer Support Specialist certification and/or ACCBO Recovery Mentor certification is valued but may be applied for within 3-6 month of hire. This position requires at least 2 years of sobriety if applicant identifies as being in recovery from addiction challenges.
Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance required. Have reliable transportation preferred.
GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The above accountabilities represent work performed by this position and are not all-inclusive. The omission of a specific accountability will not preclude it from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical extension of the position.