Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources is seeking an energetic and motivated Community Support Specialist
to work with adults who have a serious mental illness in Forrest County. Position is located in Hattiesburg, MS. The Community Support Specialist
position plays an important role in providing individualized support and guidance to assist with daily challenges for adults in Forrest County. No on-call duties required with this position. The ideal candidate would have previous behavioral health experience and the ability to work independently to find resources for the consumers served.
For 40 years, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources has served individuals throughout the Pine Belt. Through an extensive continuum of care, we strive to enable adults with serious mental illnesses, children with serious emotional disturbances, and individuals with an addiction or developmental disability to live, work, learn, and participate fully in their communities. Our thirteen county service area includes Forrest, Jones, Harrison, Hancock, Lamar, Covington, Greene, Jeff Davis, Marion, Perry, Pearl River, Stone, and Wayne Counties.
- Bachelor's degree in behavioral healthcare required
- Must have reliable transportation to provide community services
- Must have a valid driver's license with a satisfactory driving record
- Must be able to obtain a DMH case management certification within 90 days of hire
- Excellent communications skills required
- Experience working with SMI population preferred
- Identifies strengths which will aid in the individual in their recovery and the barriers that will challenge the development of skills necessary for independent functioning in the community.
- Provides psychoeducation on the identification and self-management of prescribed medication regimen and communicates with the prescribing provider.
- Assists the individual in accessing needed services such as medical, social, educational, transportation, housing, substance abuse, personal care, employment, and other services that may be identified in the Recovery Support Plan.
- Provides psychoeducation and trains family, unpaid caregivers, and/or others who have a legitimate role in addressing the needs of the individual.
- Monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of interventions, as evidenced by symptom reduction and progress toward goals.
- Provides direct interventions in deescalating situations to prevent crisis.
- Documents all services provided in the electronic medical record by using collaborative documentation.