PEER SUPPORT SPECIALIST/BRIDGER (HARBORVIEW MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION SERVICES)

University of Washington - Seattle, WA4.1

Full-time$2,900 - $3,800 a month
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As the region's only Level I Trauma center, Harborview Medical Center (HMC) is well known for innovations and excellence in trauma care and its centers of emphasis: Trauma, Burn, Neurosciences, AIDS/STD CARER, and mentally-and medically- vulnerable populations. In addition to the centers of emphasis, HMC serves a mission population for King County. Harborview employees are committed to the vital role the institution plays in the immediate community, as well as the entire Northwest region. HMC is owned by King County and managed by the University of Washington (UW) and serves as a training site for UW’s School of Medicine. The UW is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are the most important asset in our pursuit of achieving excellence in education, research, and community service. Our staff not only enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities, but also an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits, and natural beauty.

Harborview Medical Center's Mental Health and Addiction Services has an outstanding opportunity for a 100% Full-Time Peer Support Specialist or Peer Counselor/Community Health Worker for the Peer Bridger Program. Under general supervision, the Peer Support Counselor is an individual who self-identifies as a consumer of mental health services and is well grounded in their own recovery. They model resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those with mental illness. This position will serve a wide diverse population of clients, all of whom have clear and persistent mental illness; they will help persons with mental illness identify goals that promote recovery and resiliency; and will assist in identifying services and activities to help them reach these goals and provide the support needed to accomplish them.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serves as a role model demonstrating resiliency in overcoming obstacles common to those with serious mental illness and be willing to share personal lived experience as appropriate.
Assist consumers with identifying goals that promote recovery and resiliency and assist practitoners with identifying services and activities to help consumers reach those goals.
Assist consumers with voicing interests and goals through appropriate channels.
Leads and/or co-leads self-help support and education groups.
Works in conjunction with all agency programs as part of the consumer’s treatment team.
Coordinates Drop-In Center activities by setting up, making coffee and serving food.
Greets consumers, organizes activities, maintains order and cleans up Drop-In Center at end of the day.
Supervises consumer volunteers/interns and facilitates shower and laundry services for homeless program participants.
Assists consumers in their recovery by teaching independent living skills such as shopping, budgeting, meal preporation, accessing public transportation and establishing/maintaining community based natural supports.
Performs outreach services in support of case management, supported housing, and supported employment programs.
Attends relevant meetings. Provides coverage for other Peer Support Specialists. Maintains clinical and billing records, submit daily activity reports, and chart consumer contact in the electronic medical record as needed.
Establishes and maintains record keeping/filing systems in support of the prevocational recycling program and individualized one-to-one support services.
Operates office equipment such as computer, calculator, and copy/fax machines. Order, receives and maintains inventory of materials and supplies for various consumer support services.
Observes same-gender urine specimen collection in the Addictions Program, including completion and distribution of all related paperwork.
Performs other related duties as required.

REQUIREMENTS:
High school graduation or equivalent and two years’ experience in a behavioral health organization or consumer/peer run organization; or equivalent education/experience.

AND

Peer Counselor Certification (Department of Behavioral Health and Recovery) OR Community Health Worker Certification (Department of Health)

AND

Within 7 days of employment and depending on job requirements: must apply for Agency Affiliated Counselor Registration/License with the State of WA (Dept of Health), and have obtained this credential within 60 days of hire (RCW18.19.210).

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:
Must obtain a Peer Support Counselor Certification issued by the Mental Health Division as specified in WAC 388-865-0107 within the first 6 months of employment.
May need a Washington State Drivers License.
May need to obtain and maintain a Food Handler’s Permit.

DESIRED:
Exceptional communication skills, written, oral, and telephone.
Experience interacting and communicating with a diverse population, using sensitivity, tact, and discretion.
Demonstrated computer experience and proficiency, preferably in a Windows-based environment.
Demonstrated history of commitment to continuously improving quality and service.
Maintains the highest standards of confidentiality, professionalism, and ethical conduct.
Demonstrates independent judgment and decision making skills and appropriately prioritizes and handles multiple tasks.
Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, your experiences, perspectives and unique identities will be honored at the University of Washington. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable, and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.