Peer Support Specialist

St. Louis, MO 63101
9/17/2021

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Position Description

The Peer Support Specialist will act as role model to veteran families while working with Intensive Case Management. As part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) team, the specialist will meet with the clients to help them meet their goals in collaboration with the Program Manager, Financial Stability Counselor and the Substance Use Counselor and case managers in SSVF. The Peer Support Specialist will track the success of the client’s Individual Service Strategy/Treatment Plan of Care, coordinate individualized services and the involvement of providers working in the home and community setting and document all support related to activities and services.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Lead one or more peer support groups
• Contribute to the ideas and processes of the ICM team
• Help individuals to identify and work toward their goals
• Work with the FSC to address long-term financial stability needs
• Use peer-to-peer approach to build rapport with persons in recovery
• Provide emotional and informational support for permanent housing assessing the client’s strengths, desires and immediate/long term needs
• Develop or contact family and natural supports that exist in the community
• Receive input from ICM team members regarding employment, housing, mentoring, substance use and other immediate/long term needs
• Encourage individual veterans within the peer group to develop skills
• Help veterans learn self-advocacy
• Support veterans in recovery from mental illness, addiction or homelessness
• Help to identify person-centered strength and abilities
• Adhere to the strategies and goals outlined in the ISS and Treatment Plan
• Advocate for the client
• Coach clients to make solid well-informed decisions to maintain housing
• Share relevant information with staff about health or psychiatric risk.
Perform Outreach
• Refer client to additional resources to address other service needs i.e. legal assistance, VA benefits, community substance abuse counseling etc.
• Research additional benefits available to enhance provided services
• Engage the client, the family and natural supports within the community setting when feasible and desired by client
Any other duties
• Assigned by the Manager
• Participation in at least one Agency Sponsored Fundraising event per year

DIRECT REPORTS
None

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE
Preference given to a veteran who has been a consumer of mental health services.
• Veteran must be willing to facilitate and mentor fellow veterans who are at risk of homelessness
• Hold current Peer Support Certification or become Peer Support Certified within 6 months of hire date
• Available to work a minimum of 37.5 hours per week
• Reliable transportation is required

SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED
• Ability to act genuinely and honestly as a role model to other veterans
• Ability to model good self-care
• Ability to provide support and education
• Signs of continual personal growth
• Openness to learning new approaches
• Willingness to take on new tasks
• Ability to work in a team setting
• Ability to set up and keep healthy boundaries
• Capability to respect ethnic and cultural diversity
• Good role model for others
• Ability to handle confidential information
• Ability to remain calm in stressful situations
• Ability to collaborate flexibility with veterans and staff
• Ability to maintain confidentiality and trust with
• Attend training to develop skills as possible
• Share knowledge with other veterans and staff

RELATIONSHIPS REQUIRED
• Reports to City and County SSVF Coordinators
• Works with other ICM staff
• Develops relationship(s) with client family and natural supports
• Works with other Employment and Housing Departmental staff
• Works with the staff in other SPC programs
• Networks with federal, state and local agencies
• Embracing of St. Patrick’s mission and the dignity and worth of all persons

RESOURCES
• Case Worthy computer tracking systems
• Various programs throughout the SPC Partnership Center
• Client records and reports
• Dress for Success room and the emergency food pantry
• Other resources as needed and identified

BENEFITS
• Medical, dental and vision insurance
• Paid life insurance
• Long-term disability insurance
• Flexible spending account
• 403b with company match
• Holiday pay
• Paid time off (self-care days, birthday and personal day)
• Paid paternity and maternity leave
• Paid sick days
• Wellness perks
• Employee appreciation days
• Learning and development resources
• And much more!

Type: Full-time