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Community Outreach Coordinator

Connections Peer Support Center

For twenty-seven years, Connections Peer Support Center (CPSC) has provided a place where people who have lived experience with mental health issues can connect with their peers as a way, not just to recover, but to experience acceptance, respect, and personal growth. Peer support provides a two-way street where all members have the opportunity to learn together, to build resiliency, and to pursue their life goals.

Run by and for peers utilizing the Intentional Peer Support model, CPSC has consistently demonstrated its capacity for attaining the outcomes identified by the NH Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), among them:

  • Taking an active role in decisions about my mental health care
  • Preventing emotional difficulties from turning into a psychiatric crisis
  • Staying out of the hospital for psychiatric reasons during prior six months
  • Having hope for recovery from mental illness
  • Improving wellness
  • Better able to cope when things go wrong
  • Becoming a better advocate for oneself
  • Helping with employment needs
  • Help with housing needs
  • Helps with educational or training needs
  • Finding resources for addressing an alcohol or drug problem
  • Developing healthy social relationships in the community
  • Improving one’s quality of life
     

 


Are you someone who has lived experience with mental health issues and is passionate about helping others within your community? Are you a self-starter? Connections Peer Support Center is seeking a full-time community outreach peer support staff member to work from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday and occasional evenings, working with individuals who are recovering from mental health issues, as well as being a resource for family members, providers, and others. This position includes travel throughout Seacoast region and will require a car, driver’s license, and car insurance (mileage will be reimbursed).

Requirements:
  • Lived experience with mental health issues and the recovery process.
  • High school graduate, bachelor’s preferred.
  • Knowledge of basic mental health systems and co-occurring substance use issues and services, education, social services, medical systems, etc.
  • Familiarity with social media.
  • Willingness to participate in training (Intentional Peer Support, Wellness Recovery Action Plan, Warmline)
  • Supervise operators of Warmline, an evening phone support service run by trained peers.
  • Knowledge of recovery-focused, strengths-based work in mental health/addiction recovery.
  • A good understanding of recovery and resilience, the value of partnerships with members and member choice.
  • Individual and group facilitation (peer support, recovery, enrichment, vocational, etc.).
  • Ability to understand and appreciate each member’s unique circumstances, personal preferences, and goals.
  • A good knowledge of relevant community resources and methods for accessing them.
  • Strong communication, writing, and typing/computer skills.
  • Social media skills.
  • Ability to work independently under general supervision
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with diverse groups, staff, volunteers, board of directors and community partners.
  • Excellent written, oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Ability to model and share the recovery principles of hope, personal responsibility, empowerment skills, self-advocacy, educational opportunities, and use of community support.
  • Solid organization skills.
  • Self-directed and flexible to meet the needs of our members.
  • Provide mental health and recovery education to local communities and schools
Responsibilities:
  • Participate in community events such as resource fairs to raise awareness of Connections Peer Support Center programs.
  • Deliver newsletters, flyers, and other information at designated locations such as coffee shops, libraries, community centers, and doctors’ offices.
  • Coordinate and host information sessions in the community.
  • Attend community collaborative meetings.
  • Organize open house events.
  • Complete monthly outreach reports.
  • Participate in IPS events and trainings as directed.
  • Respond to complaints and suggestions from the community.
  • Other duties as requested by the executive director.
How to Apply:

Interviews begin June 12th. The position begins July 8th.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to the attention of Greg Burdwood, executive director, at greg@connectionspeersupport.org

Salary Range:

$16.50/hr.

Job Location:

Portsmouth

Date Added: June 7, 2019

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