Peer Support Specialist - SMI
Felton Institute Hayward, CA
- Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Peer Support Specialist
AB 109 Direct Services: SMI Program
Founded in 1889, Felton Institute is the oldest nonsectarian, nonprofit, charitable social-services provider in the City and County of San Francisco. Our mission is to strengthen families by providing caring, effective, and innovative social services--with special emphasis on the needs of low-income families, children, the elderly, and disabled and justice-impacted individuals, thus improving the quality of life for all in the East Bay and San Francisco Area.
AB 109-Post Release Community Supervision (PRCS) Program is designed to offer reentry services for adults under the supervision of Alameda County Probation Department, ACPD, and who experience behavioral health concerns that are on the Moderate to Severe Mental Health continuum. Working in close collaboration with Deputy Probation Officers (DPOs) and other County Identified partners and/or stakeholders, the Felton SMI Case Manager & Peer Support team will implement both case management and engagement strategies that are relevant to the situational, cultural. and behavioral health needs of the PRCS participant. For this specific population, the most common of these behavioral factors include anxiety disorders, depression, crimongenic thinking, and anti-social behavioral patterns. SMI case management and Peer staff shall engage Participants “where they are” with respect to their community location, their need for clinical service/support, and their phase in the recovery process.
The Peer Support Specialist will adhere to the principles of Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, Trauma-informed care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Thinking For Change, and Recovery-and-Wellness in order to engage high-need adult probation clients in therapeutic interventions to help identify problems that can have regular occurrences and vary in severity and frequency, thus linking clients with the appropriate social and behavioral services and supporting them on their path to recovery and re-integration.
In partnership with an Outreach Specialist, the Peer Support Specialist engage potential clients prior to their release, when applicable, and immediately after their release in areas the client is most comfortable in the community. The Clinical Case Manager will perform comprehensive client assessments, establish Individualized Intervention Plans that will guide service provision, and develop crisis prevention and intervention plans. These activities may include coordinating mental health, social work, client advocacy, educational, healthcare, vocational, housing, transportation, respite care, and recreational services; facilitating groups/workshops in the community and maintaining the appropriate caseload ratio.
Peer Support Specialist will adhere to laws regarding confidentiality and reporting requirements, and will maintain accurate, detailed observation and progress records for electronic data entry. Additional duties may be assigned as needed in order to meet the requirements of the program.
Program Specific Responsibilities
- Works a flexible, full-time schedule to accommodate program/client needs. Some evening and weekend hours are required. This is not a 9-5 position in an outpatient clinic.
- Performs intake and comprehensive assessments with adults who may have psychiatric and dual diagnosis disabilities (substance use disorders).
- Provides clinical case management services including evaluations, service plan development, assisting clients with accessing housing, financial, medical, and other needed services. Coordinates with other service providers.
- Provides individual therapy to stabilize clients and prevent decompensation.
- Provides crisis prevention planning and crisis intervention and support, as clinically appropriate.
- Conducts aggressive community outreach and engagement in order to safely provide services to clients safely within the community, as needed and within the REC.
- Maintains clinical records after each client contact or service, in accordance within Felton Institute’s mandated standards and ACPD requirements.
- Contributes to team meetings and case conferences through presentation of cases, discussion of clinical issues, and exchange of information and ideas.
- Other duties and responsibilities may be assigned as required in order to meet program goals and objectives.
- A minimum of 1 years of Peer Community Support experience with an adult population--and substance abuse diagnoses preferred.
- A minimum of 1 year of experience working with a corrections-involved population preferred
- Minimum of 1 year therapeutic intervention experience, applying comprehensive range of substance abuse counseling, assessment and crisis intervention skills
- Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Counseling, Crimional Justice or Psychology preferred
- Bi-lingual/Bi-cultural Spanish-speaking clinicians encouraged to apply
- Ability to work cooperatively on a multidisciplinary team, and to work with clients of diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds
- Ability to develop and implement a CBT and/or DBT Individualized Intervention Plan that includes service linkage, as well as intervention and personal change goals
- Working knowledge of a variety of computer software applications (i.e., Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat)
- Strong organizational and time-management skills
- Strong communication (both verbal and written)
- Interpersonal skills and ability to prioritize projects and follow through
- Ability to maintain proper documentation as determined by programmatic requirements
- Ability to be a team player with a welcoming attitude
Founded in 1889, Felton Institute (formerly Family Service Agency of San Francisco) has a 131-year history of innovation in services for vulnerable children, families, and adults. Felton’s mission is to respond to human needs with cutting edge social services and treatment that combine the best social science research with cultural sensitivity, a deep respect for the consumer, and a commitment to social justice. With over 40 programs in 11 languages at sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties, our comprehensive array of services reaches across all racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic lines. At the heart of our work is the belief that individuals and families in crisis must have access to services and resources to help them build on their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. Felton offers a dynamic, challenging, and supportive work environment where staff is encouraged to increase their skills and enter new domains.
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Agency Overview Founded in 1889, Felton Institute (formerly Family Service Agency of San Francisco) has a 131-year history of innovation in services for vulnerable children, families, and adults. Felton’s mission is to respond to human needs with cutting edge social services and treatment that combine the best social science research with cultural sensitivity, a deep respect for the consumer, and a commitment to social justice. With over 40 programs in 11 languages at sites throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding counties, our comprehensive array of services reaches across all racial, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic lines. At the heart of our work is the belief that individuals and families in crisis must have access to services and resources to help them build on their inherent strengths and develop self-sufficiency. Felton offers a dynamic, challenging, and supportive work environment where staff is encouraged to increase their skills and enter new domains.
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