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Peer Support Specialist

Posted: 02/04/2024

West Central Behavioral Health, the non-profit community behavioral health center serving lower Grafton County and Sullivan County, New Hampshire, is embarking on a four-year, transformational effort to become a federally-recognized Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.  This will enable West Central to continue to provide high-quality, person- and family-centered mental and substance use disorder services to 10,000 underserved individuals of all ages, including our veterans, regardless of their ability to pay. Do you have a passion for helping people?  Do you have past lived experience or provided help to family members or close friends?  The Peer Support Specialist uses his/her experience of recovery from mental health and/or addiction, plus skills learned in formal training to deliver services in mental health settings to provide mind-body recovery and resiliency. The Peer Support Specialist works as part of an interdisciplinary team for clients who require community-based services and assists individuals with engaging in services and supports as part of the recovery plan. We have roles in Mobile Crisis, Adult Services and ACT teams. Responsibilities (not a complete list): ·       Promotes recovery-oriented principles: of hope, self-efficacy, and community living skills through shared personal experience of recovery. ·       Co-creates individualized Treatment Plan based upon the goals and objectives identified through assessment. ·       Provides individual coaching, goal planning, and support surrounding independent and social living, career development, peer and family support, and managing crisis and stress. ·       Promotes self-advocacy skills through role modeling and education. Coaches in life skills to better manage relationships, physical health, mental health, and emotional balance. This is a community-based position.  The position talks with clients about: different systems and resources available what treatments worked for them utilizing specific interventions designed to support and meet recovery goals. Education: High School Diploma or GED equivalent required Peer Support Specialist Certification required within 1 year of hire  Required Skills: Excellent organizational and communications skills Excellent customer service skills Ability to learn necessary computer and technical skills essential to the position and Agency.  Physical Requirements: Ability to access all Agency sites Ability to lift, push and/or pull 10 lbs.  Other: Ability to obtain and maintain Agency and/or State of New Hampshire required background check(s) Understanding of the importance of confidentiality and the ability to maintain that confidence Ability to travel in connection with the job duties Have and maintain a valid state driver's license Have reliBe a part of our team! West Central provides a generous benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance, 403(b) retirement plan with employer matching, life insurance, short- and long-term disability, critical illness, accident insurance, pet insurance, tuition reimbursement, local discounts, paid holidays and paid time off! Ask us about creative work schedules, remote/hybrid work, full time/part time, geographic options, different shifts, job sharing, even cross-functional work to keep things interesting! We are committed to continuous improvement of our employees.  We provide ongoing education through e-Learning, in-service programs presented by internal staff and external presenters.  CEUs are available for most in-service programs. Loan Repayment Program:  As a nonprofit organization providing services to underserved populations, you may be eligible to participate in the following loan assistance programs: Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Agency Student Loan Assistance Program – eligible up to $10,000 over 3 years For over forty years, West Central Behavioral Health, a community mental health organization, has dedicated itself to"...promote, preserve and strengthen the mental health and quality of life in our community.”  To accomplish this, West Central has assembled a team of talented professionals.  Working together toward a common goal, our staff served nearly 2,700 children, adolescents and adults last year. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, Veteran- and Recovery Friendly Workplace!

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