WHO WE ARE:
Together We Achieve Better Days: Easter Seals UCP creates opportunities, promotes individual choice, and changes the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work, and play in their communities. We are Accountable, Committed, and Caring. These three words guide everything we do.
We currently have an immediate Full-Time opportunity for a Peer Support Specialist to join our Employment Services team in Jacksonville. Flexible hours vary depending on caseload.
WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
This position is an IPS Employment Peer Mentor (EPM). This professional’s life experience with mental illness or substance abuse and behavioral health services provides expertise that professional training cannot replicate. The Employment Peer Mentor is a fully integrated team member who provides highly individualized services in the community and promotes the self-determination and shared decision-making abilities of beneficiaries.
- Provides coaching, mentoring, and consultation to the individual served to promote recovery, self- advocacy, and self-direction.
- Promotes wellness management strategies, which includes delivering manualized interventions (e.g., Wellness Recovery Action Planning or Illness Management and Recovery) and employment services.
- Assists people receiving services in developing psychiatric advance directives.
- Models recovery values, attitudes, beliefs, and personal action to encourage wellness and resilience.
- Provides consultation to team members to assist in the understanding of recovery and the role of the Employment Peer Mentor, promoting a culture in which beneficiaries’ points of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected, and integrated into treatment.
- Serves as an active member of the employment team, equivalent to other team members, which includes assisting with the Person-Centered Planning process.
- Supports and empowers the individual to exercise his or her legal rights within the community.
- Provides employment services interventions and case coordination as needed.
- Prepares and submits documentation accurately and on time.
- Participates in peer review.
- Completes required training within prescribed timeframes.
- Successfully participates in the DMH approved IPS training and provide services according to the service definition and IPS Fidelity Model.
YOU’RE A GREAT MATCH FOR OUR TEAM IF YOU HAVE:
- A minimum of a high school diploma or equivalency required from an approved, accredited institution.
- Must be an NC Certified Peer Support Specialist.
- Previous work experience with teen population 15-18yrs preferred
- “Lived experience” and a personal recovery story specific to primary mental illness or substance use disorders.
- Have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully provide TST to adults with mental illness and substance use disorders
- Minimum of two years’ experience working with the Adult Mental Health population.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to handle multiple responsibilities and assign priorities.
- Must have current, unrestricted, state-appropriate driver’s license, and valid vehicle insurance.
Children and adults with disabilities, mental health challenges, and special needs find highest-quality services designed to meet their individual needs when they come to Easterseals UCP in North Carolina and Virginia. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.
Easterseals UCPEasterseals UCP is a leading provider of disability related-services in the communities in which we serve. Our purpose is to provide meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities. Minorities are encouraged to apply. Children and adults with disabilities, mental health challenges, and special needs find highest-quality services designed to meet their individual needs when they come to Easterseals UCP in North Carolina and Virginia. Teams of therapists, teachers and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to independence and reach his or her personal goals.