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Peer Specialist - Oswego Short Term Crisis Respite

Oswego County, NY, USA Req #1191
Friday, March 8, 2019

Liberty Resources, headquartered in Syracuse, NY, is one of CNY's most diversified and trusted human service agencies.  Liberty Resources continues to expand its geographic reach and scope, providing an array of services to individuals, children and families.  The Short Term Crisis Respite Program in Oswego County is seeking a Peer Recovery Specialist.

The Peer Recovery Specialist provides support to individuals experiencing challenges in daily life that create risk for an escalation of symptoms that cannot be managed in the individual’s home and community environment. Through the use of the Need Adapted Treatment Model and Intentional Peer Support the Peer Recovery Specialist will provide guests health and wellness coaching, relapse prevention planning, wellness activities, family support, conflict resolution, and other services as needed.

Essential Functions
Teach individuals to look at crisis differently and utilize wellness tools to prevent future crises or to decrease the intensity of personal crisis.  Work closely with Health Homes, hospitals and treatment providers to develop an integrated plan of care including mental health, physical health, substance abuse services, and community supports necessary for individuals to succeed in the community. Provide advocacy, supportive counseling and referral and linkage services for program residents
as needed and as assigned by the Program Director. Provide recovery oriented services incorporating Need Adapted Treatment, Intentional Peer Support, and Motivational Interviewing. Provide coverage for the program as reflected in staffing plan, including overnights as required.

Personal experience as a recipient of mental health services with a willingness to share personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit program guests.
Minimum of a Provisional Peer Certification through the NYS Office of Mental Health (OMH) or NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), or must be at least 18 years of age and possess a High School Diploma or equivalent and 1-3 years of relevant experience working with individuals with Mental Health or Chemical Dependency disorders, or have a Bachelor’s Degree. 
3.  If not currently certified, willing to complete the certification process within six months of employment.
A respect for and high level of comfort around people experiencing psychiatric crisis.
Ability to utilize critical thinking, problem-solving and de-escalation skills to assist with creating and maintaining an environment that promotes recovery.

Required Skills and Abilities

s sensitive to cultural differences and able to incorporate that understanding into service provision.  Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend, climb stairs and lift objects of up to 20lbs as required. The ability to understand, support and operate from a strength-based recovery-oriented model; display professionalism in all settings; recognize the importance and benefits of relationship-building and
collaborating with other service providers. The ability to solve complex problems using creative solutions and act consistently in a manner that demonstrates dignity and respect for peers. The ability to de-escalate in times of crisis.

Improving Lives ~ Building Futures.

Liberty Resources is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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  • Pay Type Salary
  • Oswego County, NY, USA