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Peer Support Specialist

Behavioral Health Specialists, Inc. Norfolk, NE
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Job Description

The Peer Support Specialist would draw on personal experience and work collaboratively with the Crisis Response Team as an enhancement to the team.    The Peer Support Provider would follow-up with individuals whom the Crisis Response Team have had contact with (and to other individuals assessed elsewhere in the realm of BHS services to be likely to benefit from the assistance of a Peer Support Specialist)  by providing added support in resource building, bridging to needed behavioral health and community resources,

Supervisory Responsibilities:

This position has no supervisory duties.

Essential Duties

  • Functionally draw upon personal experience to aid individuals in seeking assistance with their circumstance by identifying recovery goals and problem solving techniques.
  • Follow up with individuals designated by CSP Director as in need of the Peer Support Specialist services who have contact with CRT (or any other referral from other BHS departments) to assess and provide additional support as needed.
  • Collaborate with clients to identify strengths and weaknesses; negative self-talk and fears and plan for overcoming areas of need.
  • Provide community resources to CRT team and individuals working with crisis line or other service programs within BHS.
  • Facilitate Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) planning as deemed appropriate
  • Develop professional relationships with community resource providers.

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Strong communication skills—particularly, strong listening skills. 
  • Ability to remain calm when others are upset or emotional.
  • Ability to collaborate & build positive working relationships with community resource agencies.
  • Word processing and computer experience.
  • Ability to be non-judgmental and supportive of callers.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Ability to present self and program in a highly professional manner.
  • Ability to comfortably work with people in a diverse environment in regards to social-economic status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion.
  • Willing to work evening and weekend hours.
  • Previous personal experience with mental illness or substance abuse.
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Ability to pass and maintain extensive background check required by the agency.
  • Willing to obtain a flu shot annually (except for those allergic to the vaccine or who have a religious exception) or must wear a mask when agency deems appropriate due to times of high illness.
  • If in substance abuse recovery, a minimum of two years continuous sobriety/“clean time” is required and maintained throughout employment.

    Education and/or Experience                                               

    High School Diploma or GED plus a minimum of two consecutive years of “lived” experience in active recovery.

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    Must be a Nebraska licensed driver with an insurable driving/safety record.

    Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to sit.  The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; and reach with hands and arms.  The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.

    Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential Job functions.

    The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Job Details

Date Posted November 15, 2018
Date Closes March 1, 2019
Address Norfolk
Located In Norfolk, NE
Job Type Full-time Employee
Compensation Salary
Experience Level Entry Level (0-2 yrs. experience)
Hours 40 hours per week
SOC Category 21-1093.00 Social and Human Service Assistants
Zipcode 68701
Name Cheryl Gesell
Address 900 West Norfolk Avenue
City, State and Zip Norfolk, NE 68701
Phone 402-370-3140
FAX 402-844-3131

This job offers the following benefits

  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Vision

This job requires the following skills

  • Ability to Work Under Pressure
  • Accepts and Learns From Criticism
  • Computer Usage
  • Excellent Communications
  • Excellent Logic and Reasoning
  • Excellent Team Member
  • Positive Attitude
  • Problem Resolution
  • Strong Flexibility / Adaptability
  • Strong Work Ethic
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Enjoy these benefits
  • 403(b) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Dental
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical
  • Short-Term Disability
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