Mental Health Coordinator I - Peer Specialist, Canton

Commonwealth of Massachusetts - Canton, MA (30+ days ago)3.9


The Canton Site Office of the Department of Mental Health is seeking an experienced, vibrant and goal directed individual to fill the role of Peer Specialist.

Provides support, education, information and training in recovery tools and techniques to persons served by Central Mass. Area, Site Office and DMH programs; facilitates participation by persons served in the development of comprehensive assessments and IAPs as an advocate/support; teaches life skills; Assists with securing benefits, entitlements, employment, and other needed services to support recovery; drives individuals as needed to assist with community integration; documents services and utilizes data bases; performs related work as required. Connects individuals with recovery and generic community activities and organizations.

Assists persons served to develop and communicate goals of their personal recovery action plans to treatment teams.

Provides information and training on recovery tools and techniques, and self management strategies and assists persons to persons served in developing their recovery plan.

Supports the development of self advocacy skills and other strategies that promote recovery to persons served to support their recovery process through teaching and modeling these skills.

Provides training and consultation to other staff to facilitate an understanding of the perspective of persons served.
Serves as a link to the Recovery Learning Community and other peer services and provides information on recovery initiatives and recovery resource information to persons served and staff.
Serves as a mentor to promote hope, resiliency and empowerment and is willing to share their own recovery story.

Serves as a member of the team at the Site Office and by attending regularly scheduled meetings, by coming prepared, and by participating in discussion to ensure that the person served is driving the planning process and will receive optimal services.

Responsible for assisting in the development, understanding, & implementation of ISP’s and IAPs in order to assist the person served in learning the necessary skills to meet their goals, remove barriers, and to participate fully in the community.

Assess on an ongoing basis the needs, strengths, and interests of persons served by meeting with individuals, reviewing records, making home visits, and maintaining regular contact with persons served and their families in order to ensure that person centered recommendations for services are made.

Advocates for persons served by acting as a liaison between them and the community to ensure that persons served can access the services and resources they need and desire in the community.

Responsible for transporting or arranging transportation for persons served that need that level of service by using state or personal vehicle. Drives individuals to assist in community integration.
Responsible for assessing persons served and assisting them in accessing Emergency Services when warranted.

Demonstrates the knowledge and awareness of the cultural needs of persons served.

Responsible for maintaining a therapeutic atmosphere through professional performance & attitude.
Attends all trainings and classes as required.
Maintains medical record information and other administrative documentation according to departmental standards.

Identifies systemic gaps/needs and reports them to supervisor.

Participates in peer support activities including training and mutual support meetings.

This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Days off are Saturday and Sunday.

Bilingual or multilingual fluency. Candidates must be able to read, write and otherwise communicate in English. ASL preferred.

As applicable, preference for this position will be given to those candidates who are eligible for Civil Service/ConTest Reinstatement/Reemployment or to those candidates who have passed the civil service examination for this job title, and who respond to the job certification that was recently issued for this location, and/or to employees laid off or bumped from this title who are eligible for recall, and in accordance with Article 14 or applicable Collective bargaining requirements.

A criminal background check will be completed on the recommended candidate as required by the regulations set forth by the Executive Office of Health and Human Services prior to the candidate being hired. For more information, please visit

http://www.mass.gov/hhs/cori

Education, licensure and certifications will be verified in accordance with the Human Resources Division’s Hiring Guidelines

Education and license/certification information provided by the selected candidate (s) is subject to the Massachusetts Public Records Law and may be published on the Commonwealth’s website.

The provision of the Department of Mental Health, Central Mass Area, services and supports occurs within a large geographic expanse of 97 communities ranging from urban to rural settings within the counties of Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester. Through an integrated network comprised of the Area Office in Worcester, five Site Offices (Canton, North County, South County, Westborough and Worcester), provider partners - inpatient and community, as well as traditional and consumer operated services, we strive to offer a full spectrum of recovery oriented, person-centered, trauma informed services within our communities and the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH). The Central Mass Area provides services to approximately 4,000 individuals annually, including children and adolescents, through a network of contracted community services and DMH Case Management.

For additional information, please call Human Resources at (508) 368-3596

Qualifications

First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and Peer certification through a recognized Certified Specialist Program.

Based on assignment to a Family Support Specialist position applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent and completion of an approved Professional Parent Advisory League (PAL) entry-level training as a Family Support Specialist.

Incumbents may be required to have a current and valid motor vehicle driver’s license at a class level specific to assignment.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

The provision of the Department of Mental Health, Central Mass Area, services and supports occurs within a large geographic expanse of 97 communities ranging from urban to rural settings within the counties of Hampden, Middlesex, Norfolk and Worcester. Through an integrated network comprised of the Area Office in Worcester, five Site Offices (Canton, North County, South County, Westborough and Worcester), provider partners - inpatient and community, as well as traditional and consumer operated services, we strive to offer a full spectrum of recovery oriented, person-centered, trauma informed services within our communities and the Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (WRCH). The Central Mass Area provides services to approximately 4,000 individuals annually, including children and adolescents, through a network of contracted community services and DMH Case Management.