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Intentional Peer Support Specialist - ACT - Brunswick
Job Code:10931 Location:Brunswick 04011 Department:ACT Team
FT/PT Status:Full Time Summary: By applying the tools the Peer
Support Specialist has developed in his or her own recovery, as
well as the philosophy and values of Intentional Peer Support,
build a connection, consider world view, maintain mutuality and
move towards a new way of being. Provide a range of community
integration and support services to adults with serious mental
illness in order to promote their integration into the community
and to assist them in achieving their life goals by upholding the
- Fully understand and be able to actively implement the three
principles and four tasks of Intentional Peer Support.
- Model relationship building, based on the four tasks of peer
support, with participants, volunteers and colleagues.
- Fully understand and be able to actively implement the Eight
Dimensions of Wellness as described by SAMHSA.
- Model the attributes of respect, trust, sensitivity and
confidentiality to participants, volunteers and colleagues.
- Participate in crisis intervention and resolution
- Identify and document unmet needs.
- Provide outreach and follow along services.
- Consult with family and significant others for support and
continuity of services.
- Teach independent living skills, individually and in
- Provide supportive counseling and problem solving
- Provide 24-hour on-call availability to ACT clients for
emergency support/intervention, in regular staff rotation.
- Transport clients when indicated to various activities in order
to connect them with services to meet their needs.
- Maintain administrative responsibility (charting/documentation,
etc.) for caseload.
- Act as liaison to state and/or private psychiatric hospitals
and local organizations as assigned.
- Uphold the program values of Adult Community Based Services,
Adult Community Based Services supports recovery and community
integration for people diagnosed with a mental illness. We envision
the journey toward recovery to be a collaborative process between
staff members, the people seeking help, and those who form their
support network. We acknowledge that both providers and people
seeking help may be on this journey, and seek to be partners in
recovery. We believe the recovery process is grounded in mutual
respect, and holistic in scope. The following values guide our
approach to our work:
- There are many causes of mental illness and many courses of
- People's needs guide all treatment and supports provided by
- We collaborate with people in reclaiming their ability to make
decisions about their lives.
We collaborate with and support family members in their efforts
to promote recovery. We understand that families may be composed of
biological relatives, spouses, children, and other persons chosen
as family by the person receiving services.
Hold the following elements as central in planning and providing
supports and treatment to those we serve:
- Healing from the effects of trauma is key to recovery.
- Nurturing, supportive relationships support recovery.
- Work and/or contributions to the community assist people in
reclaiming their lives from the effects of mental illness.
- Spirituality is an essential element for many people in healing
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:
- Maintain a valid state driver's license.
- Possession of vehicle which is in good repair.
- Good driving record.
- State of Maine Certified Intentional Peer Support Specialist
(CIPSS) Certification preferred.
- Eligible to obtain Provisional CIPSS Certification within
twelve (12) months of hire.
- Self-identified mental health consumer.
- Paid, or unpaid, peer support experience preferred.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS:
- Demonstrate understanding of Intentional Peer Support.
- Demonstrate knowledge of personal Recovery.
- Ability to be "emotionally present"; recognize when your not,
seek support and communicate this to the assigned manager.
- Ability to work with diverse populations and accept differences
in perspective and values.
- Basic computer skills; including receiving and sending