Multiple Positons Throughout North Florida:
This is a professional position sometimes responding to crisis calls, monitoring care, follow-up and ongoing direct services to patients in the Mobile Response Team Program. The Peer Specialist is responsible for overseeing and enhancing services by providing program information, monitoring the care of the clients, education, referrals to services, and linkages to other programs. This is a very important position, in that the Peer Specialist will educate on how to appropriately navigate treatment services, social service and support systems; be a positive role model to clients and their families by sharing experiential knowledge, hope, and skills; maintain relationships with clients and families in order to assist individuals in the treatment engagement and retention process; assist clients with gaining skills and resources needed to initiate and maintain recovery; empower clients to make self-determined and self-directed choices about their recovery pathway. The Peer Specialist will be an on-call resource and may be deployed to crisis calls as needed. The work is performed with some independence and as part of a team under the supervision of the Program Manager.
Experience and training in crisis intervention and follow-up. The Peer Specialist will be a consumer who has been involved in crisis situations and have successful experience with recovery activities. This may be a parent, student or young adult. Applicant much show proof of recovery, training and experience.
Specific competencies required are identified on a department/program specific basis. The following are general and apply to all positions with this title.
1. Be available to go with the MRT staff when their presence will impact a crisis
2. Maintain close relationships with the counselor/clinician and family within the 72-hour follow-up period.
3. Assist with on-going follow-up to help the client during the early stages of the crisis and recovery
4. Provide on-call coverage as needed
5. Support each client based on shared experiences.
6. Function as an advocate for consumers and model self-advocacy skills.
7. Provide practical real world support in coping with life\'s day to day demands through teaching, modeling and coaching approaches
8. Promote the value of self-help, peer support and personal empowerment to clients having gone through a crisis.
9. Provide educational information about mental illness and substance abuse.
10. Comply with Meridian\'s policies and procedures.
11. Complete electronic documentation in a timely manner.
12. Performs other duties as required to meet program and departmental goals and objectives.