Peer Specialist

Meridian Behavioral Healthcare, Inc. - Starke, FL (30+ days ago)3.2


Location: Starke, FL
Pay Rate: $12.00 Hr | Non-Exempt
Part Time | 20 Hrs | Flexible Hours - Monday - Friday during normal business hours 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Position Summary:
This is a very important position, in that a Peer Specialist has a perspective of individuals coming to receive treatment services that few professionals have, experiencing and receiving treatment services in treatment settings. It is not uncommon for people with similar lived experiences to offer each other practical advice and suggestions for strategies that professionals may not offer, or even know about. Those personal experiences is what makes the Peer Specialist and empowering helper, through the sharing of their stories of recovery and their willingness to share tools they have used to succeed. Peer Specialists provide hope, support, education, and assist persons served in seeing that they are more than their disorder.

This position reports to the Forensic Program Manager and is designed to provide peer support, case management, and follow-up services to individuals with mental health and substance abuse services being diverted from the jail. This person must be able to work independently and have the ability to work well with other agencies such as the Courts, jail and community partners.

Minimum Qualifications:
Must be a current or former participant in treatment services and/or the criminal justice system.

A minimum of 3 years' experience in mental health and/or substance abuse recovery required. A degree in counseling or related field is preferred.

Driver Requirement:
Must have a current Florida Driver's License with a clean driving record while meeting company insurance requirements.

Essential Duties/Responsibilities:
Work with mentally ill and/or substance abuse individuals at risk for incarceration or incarcerated. Incorporate motivational interviewing and recovery-oriented engagement strategies. Advise court evaluators and attorneys of appropriate treatment and placement alternatives for offenders
? Standard: Work closely with individual, interested family members, jail personnel, legal parties involved and past treatment facilities to identify possible treatment and placement for individual

? Standard: Develop and facilitate Recovery groups in the community and/or jail.

? Learn players of legal system and the function of their roles as they apply to target population.

? Standard: Work will all professionals in the legal system

Demonstrate understanding of the Forensic system and the Sequential Intercept Model
? Standard: Compliance with legal process and model philosophy

? Standard: Attend Sequential Intercept Model, APIC model, Gains Reentry, HCR-20 risk assessment, Forensic Specialist and Competency Training

Coordinate all jail releases on clients and monitor. Use Re-Entry Checklist to assess needs, monitor discharge needs. Checkpoints will be (1) prior to release from jail, (2) during establishment of the treatment plan following release from jail, (3) three months following program admission, and (4) discharge. Maintain that all service requirements are implemented, monitored and reported to the courts in Alachua County. Share information and coordinate transition to later intercept points.
? Standard: Provide reentry services such as treatment, intensive case management, benefits coordination, vocational services, housing, and systemic collaboration. Maintain a central file for communication to and from agencies.

Follow all community cases in all residential counties whose charges reside in Alachua County for 3 to 6 months. Provide services where the client resides.
? Standard: Monitor caseload to ensure compliance as necessary

? Standard: Track when court reports are due and complete documents for court

? Standard: Attend hearings as scheduled

? Standard: Provide practical, real-world support in coping with life's day-to-day demands through teaching, modeling, and coaching approaches to rehabilitation.

? Standard: Provide on-call services after regular business hours

? Standard: Complete all documentation

? Standard: Link with Identified services, assist with follow-through

Work as an intensive Collaborative Team
? Standard: Maintain close working relationships with other team members as well as the Meridian Forensic Specialists, State Attorney, Public Defender, Court Services, and the Courts.

Responsible for resource finding and development
Standard: Work in community to find needed resources to link persons to needs
Maintain all case files
Standard: Establish individual files
Standard: Manage legal documents
Standard: Include psychiatric evaluations
Standard: Ensure that all documents are in medical chart
Complete and submit forensic reports
? Standard: Maintain a log that reflects movement through the system and caseload reports. Complete monthly reports program director.

Complete all PIDS within required time frames
? Standard: Monthly complete all PIDS due

Train agency staff on legal process
? Standard: Rotate attending staff meetings in different departments and provide a presentation on target population and the legal process

Complete necessary documentation on all assigned cases
? Standard: progress notes and outreach notes

Maintain contact with supervisor regarding all cases and court process and attend forensic meetings.
Standard: Monthly face to face and at least bi-weekly contact
Maintain a professional and ethical relationship with all internal and external customers. Keep abreast of and adhere to all center Policies and Changes as they occur. Adhere to confidentiality guidelines
Standard: Attend all ethics and confidentiality trainings as required. Obtain feedback from supervisors as needed
Standard: Obtain feedback from supervisor as needed
Standard: Work as a team by volunteering experience and expertise to help other employees achieve their objectives
Standard: Demonstrates ethical standards of practice.
Standard: Adapts quickly to changing situations with a calm attitude
Standard: Demonstrate knowledge of DSM-IV
Standard: Utilizes the best practices of the Forensic Department Trainings.
Complete and maintain all required training
? Standard: Required training is up-to-date at all times

Meet productivity standards
Standard: 1310 hours each year
Standard: Maintain copy of outreach log

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis and identified in each employee's Competency Checklist. The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.