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PACT Peer Support Specialist

Company: Vinfen
Location: Lawrence
Posted on: November 21, 2022

Job Description:

Schedule : M,T,W,8a-6p, Fri 10a-8pRotating weekend required Salary:$40,220 - $46,340 depending on certification Sign on Bonus:$5000; $1666.66 upon completion of 30 days, $1666.66 upon completion of 6 months, $1666.67 upon completion of 12 months The 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 Responsibilities Provide 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 recovery
Serve as a mentor to persons served to promote hope and empowerment
Act 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 recovery
Collaborate 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 required Response to Covid-19 Vinfen 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 interviews
Virtual New Employee Orientation and Virtual Training
Work from home arrangements available for eligible positions
Laptop and iPhone provided for eligible positions
Increased sanitation measures in all programs and group homes
Weekly virtual wellness and virtual group gatherings scheduled to maintain sense of community with team members
PPE provided to all positions working closely with others Why 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) plan
Competitive Medical, Dental and Vision plans
Employer-paid Life, Accidental Death & Dismemberment, Short and Long-Term Disability Insurance
Generous Vacation, Holiday, Personal and Sick Time Benefits
Flexible 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, VinfenPACT Requirements:
Bachelor's degree in human services, psychology or related field strongly preferred. In some cases experience may be substituted for education
Two to three years experience with adults dealing with Serious Mental Illness (SMI) or with individuals with similar needs
Certified Peer Specialist (CPS) Certification is preferred prior to hire, but is required post hire
Certified 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 large
Skills and competence to establish supportive trusting relationships with program persons served
Ability to work independently as well as a part of a multi-disciplinary team
All 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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