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PACT Peer Support Specialist

Company: Vinfen
Location: Lawrence
Posted on: November 20, 2022

Job Description:

Schedule : M,T,W,8a-6p, Fri 10a-8pRotating weekend requiredSalary:$40,220 - $46,340 depending on certificationSign on Bonus:$5000; $1666.66 upon completion of 30 days, $1666.66 upon completion of 6 months, $1666.67 upon completion of 12 monthsThe Peer Support Specialist works as part of the Program for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT) multidisciplinary team and has experience as the recipient of mental health services for severe and persistent mental illness and is willing to use and share his or her personal, practical experience, knowledge, and first-hand insight to benefit the team and its person served. The PACT Peer Support Specialist functions as a fully integrated team member to provide expertise about the recovery process, symptom management, and the persistence required by persons served to have a satisfying life.Job ResponsibilitiesProvide peer counseling and support, drawing on common experiences as a peer, to validate persons served experiences and to provide guidance and encouragement to persons served to take responsibility and actively participate in their own recoveryServe as a mentor to persons served to promote hope and empowermentAct as an interpreter to help non-mental health consumer team members better understand and emphasize with each persons served experiences on symptoms of mental illness, the effects and side-effects of medications, persons served responses to and opinions of treatment and persons served experiences of recoveryCollaborate with the team to promote a team culture in which each persons served point of view, experiences and preferences are recognized, understood and respected, and in which persons served self-determination and decision making in Individual Action Planning (IAP) are maximized and supported.Other duties as requiredResponse to Covid-19Vinfen continues to follow the guidelines determined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. Vinfen leadership along with Vinfen's medical staff are closely monitoring the pandemic on a daily basis and make decisions that are best for the safety and well-being of the Vinfen community.Our response to promote safety during the coronavirus includes:Hiring process conducted via virtual and phone interviewsVirtual New Employee Orientation and Virtual TrainingWork from home arrangements available for eligible positionsLaptop and iPhone provided for eligible positionsIncreased sanitation measures in all programs and group homesWeekly virtual wellness and virtual group gatherings scheduled to maintain sense of community with team membersPPE provided to all positions working closely with othersWhy Vinfen? We are committed to you! We offer great training, great benefits, career growth and job security!Our comprehensive and generous benefits package includes:A fully funded, employer-sponsored retirement plan that requires no employee contribution as well as an employee-funded 403(b) planCompetitive Medical, Dental and Vision plansEmployer-paid Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short and Long-Term Disability InsuranceGenerous Vacation, Holiday, Personal and Sick Time BenefitsFlexible Spending Reimbursement Accounts (Health and Dependent care)Educational Assistance and Remission Programs$500 Employee Referral Bonus with no annual cap!Other generous benefits and perks!Founded in 1977, for 40 years Vinfen has been a leading nonprofit human services organization that "transforms lives" by building the capacity of individuals, families, organizations and communities to learn, thrive and achieve their goals. To learn more about Vinfen, and/or to apply to this or other Vinfen positions, please visit our website at My Job. My Community. My Vinfen.Vinfen is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.Keywords: Peer Specialist, PeerSpecialist, CPS, advocacy, PeerSupport, VinfenPS, VinfenPACTRequirements:Bachelor's degree in human services, psychology or related field strongly preferred. In some cases experience may be substituted for educationTwo to three years experience with adults dealing with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or with individuals with similar needsCertified Peer Specialist (CPS) Certification is preferred prior to hire, but is required post hireCertified Psychiatric Rehabilitation Practitioner (CPRP) certification preferred.Strong commitment to the right and ability of program person served to live, work, and seek supports as the general population at largeSkills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with program persons servedAbility to work independently as well as a part of a multi-disciplinary teamAll applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have a current, valid, US drivers' license for at least one year. Additionally, this position requires a fully insured vehicle that you will use in the course of your daily work. You must be willing to transport clients in your vehicle.All candidates must be able to successfully pass a CORI, reference, multi-state background, professional licensure and driving record check.All candidates must be able to be CPR and First Aid certified within two weeks of hire

Keywords: Vinfen, Lawrence , PACT Peer Support Specialist, Other , Lawrence, Massachusetts

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