PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST/ CERTIFIED RECOVERY MENTOR WASHINGTON COUNTY JUVENILE DEPARTMENT

Pay Scale:  $16.00-$18.00 per hour DOE

FTE:  1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)

Benefits: This is a benefited position as outlined in the MHAO Employee Handbook

REPORTS TO: EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services Program Supervisor

DEPARTMENT:  EVOLVE Peer Delivered Services

JOB SUMMARY:

The Peer Support Specialist (PSS)/Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) offers mental health and/or co-occurring mental health and addiction recovery peer support to individuals residing in Washington County as a peer who has similar life experiences and acts as a positive role model of living in recovery. 

The PSS/CRM position will be a member of the Washington County Juvenile Department team. A primary function of this position will include assisting youth who are currently engaged with Washington County Juvenile Drug Court. The PSS/CRM will provide community-based, holistic, person-centered, trauma-informed and strength-based support to individuals with addiction and/or co-occurring mental health challenges who are referred via the Juvenile Department and/or Washington County Health and Addictions department staff.

The PSS/CRM will be an integral part of the Juvenile Drug Court team. The PSS/CRM will be expected to attend weekly team staffing and Drug Court appearances in support of participant peers. The PSS/CRM will also facilitate a weekly recovery group for Drug Court attendees. PSS/CRM will facilitate access and exposure to youth-centered recovery and support meetings and organize outings and activities for youth that increase resource awareness and social connectedness.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Education:  High school diploma or equivalent required. 

Background Check:  Criminal Background Check as performed by Oregon Health Authority (OHA) or ACCBO for the PSS/CRM certification process by the Background Check Unit (BCU) accepted. A criminal record does not necessarily exclude an individual from certification.

Experience:  It is an essential function of the position to identify as having lived experience of addiction and/or co-occurring mental health challenges and navigating a life of recovery. It is also vital to understand the effect of trauma on health, coping, and other aspects of individual needs as well as the principles of recovery, self-direction, and trauma-informed care.

The ideal candidate for this position will be familiar with and/or have lived experience of the criminal justice continuum; including arrest, detention, probation, post-prison/parole and re-entry. The PSS/CRM will be familiar with social media platforms, recovery apps, and online recovery communities that are supportive of peers with SUD.

Qualities:

  • 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 (OHA) Peer Support Specialist (PSS) certification and ACCBO Certified Recovery Mentor (CRM) certification is required but may be applied for within 1 month of hire. This position requires at least 2 years of addiction recovery.

Valid Oregon Driver’s License and proof of automobile insurance required. Reliable transportation necessary.

Skills:

Spanish speaking (BI-LINGUAL) highly preferred.

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively within a team.
  • Ability to work with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures.
  • Basic computer and keyboard skills and ability to navigate electronic systems applicable to job functions.

GENERAL ACCOUNTABILITIES AND ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Collaborates with individuals to create a person-directed plan. Person-directed planning tools such as REAL Recovery, MHAO’s Initial Recovery Exploration, PATH*, MAPS*, and/or other models including assistance with developing their own Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP)* will be utilized. Training will be provided in the use of these tools.
  • Participates in regular peer support supervision sessions.
  • EVOLVE group support offerings will include but are not limited to peer-led Seeking Safety, SMART Recovery, Peer Zone, and Hearing Voices/Extreme States support groups.
  • Assistance and support accessing and navigating mental health/SUD services.
  • Introduction and connection with local recovery groups and activities.
  • Crisis Support with introduction and connection to the Hawthorn Clinic as a crisis resource.
  • Support in developing community roles/natural supports.
  • Learning and practicing self-advocacy.
  • Support with reconnecting/visiting with family/children.
  • Addressing basic needs of shelter/housing, food, physical wellness, and entitlements/benefits.
  • Support when/where needed in navigating any systems involvement and resource connection.
  • Support with physical health related goals and connecting to community resources and programs that work toward this aim.
  • Education and employment support.
  • Documents support services in a program database in a manner that assures compliance with policies, program procedures and local, state, and federal regulations.  Maintains accurate and up-to-date documentation as required by program deliverables.
  • As appropriate, openly identifies as a person who has lived the experience of addiction and/or co-occurring mental health challenges and is able to appropriately share own recovery story with individuals being served.
  • Acts as a positive role model for individuals being served and exploring their own path to wellness and recovery.
  • Acts as an advocate for individuals being served when appropriate, both within the organization and also with other entities.
  • Respects and honors patient rights and responsibilities and demonstrates professional boundaries and ethics.  Adheres to mandatory abuse reporting laws and HIPAA requirements. 

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.

Employment with Mental Health Association of Oregon is "at-will." This means employees are free to resign at any time, with or without cause, and Mental Health Association of Oregon may terminate the employment relationship at any time, with or without cause or advance notice. As an at-will employee, it is not guaranteed, in any manner, that you will be employed with Mental Health Association of Oregon for any set period of time.

Mental Health Association of Oregon is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment opportunities at Mental Health Association of Oregon are based upon one's qualifications and capabilities to perform the essential functions of a particular job. All employment opportunities are provided without regard to race, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, national origin, age, Veteran status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.