Certified Peer Support Specialist

Job Description

The Certified Peer Recovery Supporter (PRS) provides services to individuals with mental health/substance use disorders. Under direct supervision, the Peer Recovery Supporter will function as a role model to peers pursuing recovery; exhibiting competency in personal recovery and use of coping skills; serve as an advocate, provide information about peer support in outpatient and inpatient settings. The Certified Peer Recovery Supporter performs a wide range of tasks to assist peers in regaining independence within the community and ownership over their own recovery process.

Responsibilities

PATIENT POPULATION - (CLINICAL ONLY)

Engages in population appropriate communication. Has knowledge of growth and development milestones and tasks. Gives clear instructions to patients/family regarding treatment. Involves family/guardian in the assessment, initial treatment and continuing care of the patient. Identifies any physical limitations of the patient and deploys intervention when necessary. Recognizes and responds appropriately to patients/families with behavioral health problems. Interprets population related data and plans care appropriately. Identifies and responds appropriately to different needs resulting from, unique psychological needs or those associated with religious / cultural norms. Performs treatments, administers medication or operates equipment safely. Recognizes and responds to signs/symptoms of abuse or neglect.

Case Management:
  • Actively identify and support collaboration within the health system(s) of healthcare as well as community resources (communities of recovery, educational, vocational, social, cultural, spiritual resources, mutual self- help groups, professional services, etc.)
  • Actively engages supportive social networks available to individuals. Collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams across the health system(s) and in the community

Resource Development/Linkage:
  • Link individuals to appropriate treatment and other professional resources Identify access barriers community resources and developing strategies to overcome those barriers

Documentation:
  • Maintain timely reports and documentation

Other Duties as assigned:
  • Adhere to the tasks and responsibilities specific to the department, service, and/or clinic.
  • Provide hope and encouragement to patients at varying levels of involvement in community-based activities (e.g., work, school, relationships, physical activity, self-directed hobbies, etc.)
  • Provide recovery education to individuals for every phase of the recovery journey from pre-recovery engagement, recovery initiation, recovery stabilization, and sustained recovery maintenance
  • Provide a model for people in recovery by demonstrating that recovery is possible
  • Assist individuals to develop their own plan for recovery by identifying their personal interests, goals, and strengths regarding recovery
  • Maintain contact by phone and/or e-mail with recovering person(s) before, during and after they leave the program to insure their ongoing success; provide re-engagement support in partnership with others in the program(s) if needed


Qualifications

  • The Co-Op is a current student in a University Sponsored program pursing a degree. Typically the co-op student has completed 1.5 years of College training before assuming a co-op work assignment
  • Preferred: 0 - 6 Months equivalent experience