Certified Forensic Veteran Peer Specialist
PMHCC - Philadelphia, PA

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The Certified Veteran Peer Specialist (CVPS) provides supportive services to Veterans referred to the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services in conjunction with the Departments Veterans Jail Diversion Coordinator. The CVPS will work with these Veterans in their community environment, assisting them in their recovery through self-disclosure, instilling a sense of encouragement and vision in the future by assisting them to: (a) better understand their behavioral health; (b) promote self-advocacy; (c) develop interpersonal skills and social support/networks; (d) reinforcement of budgeting skills to allow greater independence in management of funds; (e) develop leisure and recreational activity planning skills; (f) and integrate with self-help support groups and other community avenues toward advancing their personal recovery objectives. The CVPS position is intended to inspire hope in individuals that recovery is not only possible but probable and also promote active involvement of persons in their own recovery process. This position is funded by a grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that will end 09/29/2015.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Work closely with the Veterans Jail Diversion Coordinator to provide supportive services to those Veterans referred to the Department through Philadelphias Municipal Court Veterans Court.

Assist in the development of forensic recovery plans for people who have criminal justice involvement.

Support them in obtaining skills to live independently: this could be through referrals, through helping them identify mutual self-help organizations, etc.

Perform outreach functions by developing relationships with community resources helpful to veterans in need.

The Certified Forensic Veteran Peer Specialist will also perform outreach to veterans in the community such as those that are homeless or dishonorably discharged to connect them with resources that will divert them from the criminal justice or mental health systems.

Promote the knowledge of available service options and choices for veterans, and promote the utilization of natural resources in the community.

Provide opportunities for individuals receiving services to direct their own recovery and inspire hope that recovery is not only possible but probable; teach and support acquiring and utilizing skills needed in the persons recovery.

Facilitate the development of a sense of self-worth and wellness.

Along with the Veterans Jail Diversion Coordinator, provide training to Philadelphia Police officers at Crisis Intervention Team training about veterans and others as assigned.

Position is funded by a grant through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration that will end 09/29/2015, and there is no guarantee of sustainability.

Skills Required:

Must be a Veteran. Must have good verbal and written communication skills and work well with people, have good, creative problem solving skills; be able to work independently, and be flexible and adaptive in handling changing priorities in a fast paced work environment; must be able to use computer to record services.

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