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Peer Support Specialist

Riverbend Community Mental Health

Founded in 1963, Riverbend Community Mental Health is a private, nonprofit organization providing specialized behavioral health services in central New Hampshire. Core services include 24/7 emergency mobile crisis services; counseling services for children, adults, and families; addiction treatment; and community support, vocational services, and residential programs for adults and seniors. Evidence-based models of treatment guide all our work, and we strongly believe in the power of self-directed growth and recovery.


Riverbend Community Mental Health, Inc., one of the largest providers of community-based behavioral health services in New Hampshire, is seeking a person with lived experience with mental illness to work in conjunction with our Mobile Crisis Team, providing office and community-based interventions for people experiencing a mental health crisis.

As a Peer Support Specialist, you will be responsible for providing office and/or community-based, face-to-face intervention for adults experiencing a mental health crisis in order to de-escalate crises without removing the individual from their home and/or community program, consistent with safety protocols.

Requirements:
  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Relevant work experience and/or college level education in the human service field is preferred.
  • Valid driver's license, personal vehicle, and auto insurance or access to a reasonable alternative is preferred.
  • Lived experience with a willingness to disclose information about personal recovery and successful management of mental health challenges is required.
  • Peer Support certification that is endorsed by the State of NH, or a willingness to pursue certification, is required.
  • Training in crisis intervention as a Peer Support Specialist is preferred.
  • Active NH Medical Technician registration, or willingness to pursue registration, is required.
Responsibilities:
  • Respond to an individual's needs in the home or other natural environment, typically within one hour of the request for services.
  • Provide an advocacy role on the team; approach issues from a client perspective in order to promote recovery.
  • Promote crisis stabilization while drawing from one's own lived experience in order to engage individuals in crisis.
  • Assess individual's needs and identify necessary services and supports; assist the individual with accessing services and supports in a timely manner, either in person or by phone.
  • Provide, along with other Mobile Crisis team members, interventions to avoid unnecessary hospitalization or incarceration.
  • Work to stabilize individuals as quickly as practicable and assist them in returning to their pre-crisis level of functioning.
  • Provide recovery-focused support and oversee guests in crisis apartments.
  • Provide recovery-focused services that promote self-care, illness self-management, wellness and recovery.
  • Complete and submit all required paperwork in a timely manner.
  • Perform duties in a manner consistent with established peer support ethical guidelines and demonstrate professional boundaries.
Job Location:

Concord

Date Added: November 27, 2018

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