Primary Purpose of this Position
The primary purpose of this position is to provide clinical services to all clients receiving ACT team services, including but not limited to: service coordination, including working with the ACT team leader to monitor each individual’s clinical status and response to treatment; symptom assessment and management; individual supportive counseling; activities of daily living services; social, interpersonal relationship, and leisure-time activity services; support services or direct assistance to ensure that clients obtain the basic necessities of daily life; and education, support, and consultation to individuals’ families and other major supports. The Certified Peer Support Specialist is an individual who is or has been a recipient of mental health services. Because of life experience with mental illness and mental health services, the Certified Peer Support Specialist provides expertise that professional training cannot replicate. The Certified Peer Support Specialist should be able to draw upon personal life experience in his/her work with clients and feel comfortable with the self-disclosure of some aspects of those experiences with mental health issues, substance abuse issues, and/or treatment and recovery, while maintaining appropriate clinical boundaries. The Certified Peer Support Specialist is a fully integrated team member who provides highly individualized services in the community and promotes individual self-determination and decision-making. The Certified Peer Support Specialist also provides essential expertise and consultation to the entire team to promote a culture in which each individual’s point of view and preferences are recognized, understood, respected and integrated into treatment, rehabilitation, and community self-help activities.
Description of Responsibilities, Requirements, and Duties
· Assist in identifying, planning, scheduling, and implementing services for the client.
· Assist in the development of transition plans when clients move in and out of services.
· Act as an advocate in the community.
· Provide any written documentation as required. This will include treatment notes, goals, and plans for the medical record (e.g., service notes, input into person-centered plan, etc.)
· Be available to respond as needed to clients and co-workers 24/7/365.
· Must be free from all illicit substance use.
· This is considered Light Work; no lifting over 20 pounds.
· Follow ACT Model fidelity as identified by the TMACT
· This position will require additional duties which are not specifically listed above, at the discretion of team lead, supervisor and/or management.
Experience / Licensure / Certification
At a minimum, this employee must have completed certification program for Peer Support Specialists and have at least two years of sustained recovery from any identified mental health or substance abuse issues.
An employee must become NVCI certified and must have received training in population served and client rights/confidentiality. Employees will be required to attend orientation in the Carolina Outreach treatment model and agency policies and procedures. CPR/first aid and BBP certification will be required. A valid driver’s license and current automobile insurance is also required. An employee must demonstrate having the core skills to deliver ACT Team services prior to service provision. Each ACT team staff member must successfully participate in the DMH-approved ACTT training.
Special Training / Skills
The peer support specialist must do the following:
· Demonstrate ability to organize and plan weekly schedule and manage time effectively.
· Be committed to a solution-oriented, client-focused, community-based intervention approach to service.
· Demonstrate ability to join with clients in a full partnership to build on strengths, community resources, and formal and informal supports.
· Possess thorough knowledge of policies, procedures and standards of care for treatment/services.
· Have excellent oral and written communication skills, including presentation effectiveness.
· Communicate regularly with all supervisees and provide regular individual and group supervision.
· Be competent with office software applications.
· Be adept at initiating daily activities without direct supervision.
· Have functional and reliable personal vehicle to meet position in-home requirements.