Certified Peer Specialist II
PMHCC - Philadelphia, PA

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CTT is mandated to provide service to those individuals within the mental health system who present the greatest degree of severity of symptoms as evidenced by their multiple physical, psychiatric, and legal conditions, extensive use of services, and lack of follow through with treatment. This population requires the highest level of medical necessity as defined by the state Adult Environmental Matrix. The CPS provides supportive services to people with serious mental illness that are assigned to Community Treatment Teams, under the supervision of the CPS Coordinator. This is accomplished through ensuring that the mission, goals and philosophy of CTT are operationalized within the team. The incumbent works with individuals in their community environment assisting them in their mental health recovery through self-disclosure, instilling a sense of hope, encouragement, and vision in the future by assisting them to: (a) better understand their mental illness;(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) integrate with self-help support groups and other community avenues toward advancing their personal recovery objectives.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Carries out the daily routine of individualized engagement activities with team persons in recovery utilizing Recovery concepts that include sharing personal recovery experiences, developing a peer relationship that encourages hope in the future, and maximum participation in the community with focus on community integration (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activities, self-directed hobbies and interests, etc).

Assists the person in identifying and valuing his unique strengths, abilities and assets, and how to best utilize them to achieve their goals.

Works in concert with person and case manager around Recovery goal development and planning, including: a) assisting individual to define personal interests and goals in relation to Recovery and to getting the life they want in the community.

Supports individuals in crisis by visiting those who rely heavily on CRC services, and during admission/discharge from acute psychiatric settings.

Provides education on WRAP and PAD to assist Recovering individuals in developing their own plans for advancing their recovery; conducts WRAP and PAD informational groups twice monthly in conjunction with other CPS colleagues.

Provides daily information and feedback regarding persons behavior, attitude and physical condition, as a part of participation in the treatment planning process, and reports all changes in persons condition to CTT management and assigned case manager.

Serves as a role model and promotes self-advocacy so that Recovering individuals will have a voice that is fully heard in ensuring that their needs, goals and objectives are central in their dealings with provider agencies.

Participates in the identification of community resources that support individuals goals and interests in collaboration with case manager and other team staff, with particular focus on social networking, self-help, leisure and recreational planning, including accompanying individuals to events.

Liaisons with community groups/agencies that promote Recovery, along with other team staff, to ensure consumer access to and participation by: a) discussing possible matches and opportunities that coincide with the persons interests, b) lining to self-help and mutual support groups, c) accompanying member to various community providers to familiarize them with potential resources, d) teaching them the skills needed to effectively and successfully utilize resources, and e) coaching to enable independent use of resources.

Provides a 60-day transition mechanism for people graduating from the agency through participation in discharge planning, including maintaining contact via visits, telephone and email with the intent of insuring ongoing success, and offering re-engagement support in partnership with others in the agency as needed.

Participates in daily team meetings and Clinical care Meetings to give input on Recovery issues; attends Open Forum and other required agency meetings.

Accompanies members to appointments (medical, dental, financial, entitlements, court, and probation, etc) to provide support and assistance when requested.

Attends in-service and other training in order to meet mandated training hours.

Reads/completes required paperwork documentation in timely manner.

Assists member to increase community tenure, enhance quality of life, and attain highest level of independent functioning.

Adheres to a flex schedule that allows for evening and weekend hours as may be required to respond to individual needs.

Performs other duties as required.

Skills Required: 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.

Essential Functions: Ability to sit for at least one hour at a time; climb stairs when visiting consumers in their residence; lift up to 20 pounds when assisting consumers with moving. Must have a valid drivers license & be insurable by agency and have a vehicle available for work use.

Other Job Requirements: Must be able to share office space and work as a part of a team; able to work evenings and weekends, and have a good knowledge of city transit system. Must be willing and able to self-disclose own personal journey toward recovery, as one of a member of possible routes in the recovery process.

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