Peer Support Specialist (IDDT) - Durham, NC
Easter Seals UCP North Carolina - Durham, NC

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This is a Fulltime position.

Location Durham, NC

Qualifications Must be a Certified Peer Support Specialist.
Have a college degree in a human services field (or in another area), have a high school diploma, or have at least two years of paid or volunteer work experience with adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses. Valid NC Driver’s License and proof of auto insurance with good driving record is required. Experience working with adults with severe and persistent mental illness and co-occurring substance abuse disorders is desirable. Possess skills and competence to establish trusting relationships with persons served. Must have good oral and written communication skills.

Responsibilities Provide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to validate clients’ experiences and to provide guidance and encouragement to clients to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recovery. Serve as a mentor to clients to promote hope and empowerment. Increase awareness of and support client participation in consumer self-help programs and consumer advocacy organizations that promote recovery. Assist in the provision of ongoing assessment of clients’ mental illness symptoms and clients’ response to treatment. Suggest appropriate changes in treatment plans to ensure that immediate and appropriate interventions are provided in response to changes in clients’ mental status or behavior which puts clients at risk (e.g., suicidality). Assist in the provision of direct clinical services to clients on an individual, group, and family basis in the office and in community settings to teach symptom-management techniques and promote personal growth and development by assisting clients to cope with internal and external stresses. Assist in the provision of individual and group treatment in the office and in community settings in a stage-based treatment model that is non-confrontational, considers interactions of mental illness and substance abuse, and has client–determined goals.
Assist clients to find and maintain a safe and affordable place to live, apartment hunting, finding a roommate, landlord negotiations, cleaning, furnishing and decorating, and procuring necessities (telephone, furniture, utility hook-up). Teach money-management skills (budgeting and paying bills) and assist clients in accessing financial services (e.g. professional financial counseling, emergency loan services). Provide practical help and supports, mentoring, advocacy, coordination, side-by side individualized support, problem solving, direct assistance and supervision to help clients obtain the necessities of daily living including medical and dental health care; legal and advocacy services; financial support such as entitlements (SSI, SSDI, veterans’ benefits); housing subsidies (HUD Section 8); money-management services (e.g., payee services); and transportation. Prepare and submit documentation accurately and on time. Participate in peer review.
Complete required training within prescribed timeframes. Successfully participate in the DMH approved ACTT training. Ability to work flexible schedule as needed. Other duties as assigned.

Contact Information Justin Turner; Fax: 919-226-0026 or justin.turner@eastersealsucp.com

Posted: 3/7/13

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