CABHI Peer Support Recovery Specialist

The CABHI Peer Recovery Specialists are members of the ACT team and have the unique role of providing recovery services, health and wellness self management education, as directed by the Team Leader. The Peer Recovery Outreach Specialist is responsible for providing interventions to promote wellness and recovery to consumers, including addressing chronic and mental health conditions, physical activity and nutrition.

Approximately 75% of time will be spent in the community, directly providing services to persons living on the streets or in shelter. Candidates must be comfortable working in diverse settings, including shelters, streets, jails, hospitals, encampments, etc. While much of the work is independent and self-directed, there is also a strong team dynamic. Shift schedules will generally include hours between 7am-7pm, Monday through Friday, but schedules will be flexible to accommodate the needs of the community and may include early morning or overnight shifts (especially during hypothermia season). Successful candidates are committed to ending homelessness and have a fundamental belief that hope and recovery are always possible.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify and engage individuals experiencing homelessness in a geographically assigned area and assess needs;

  • Proactively initiate non-judgmental conversation and a consistent presence; offer clothing, hygiene articles, and other basic items;

  • Work with a core group of individuals over time to develop a collaborative goal plan to meet needs, particularly those who may not independently seek services;

  • Conduct VI-SPDAT housing and services assessments and provide housing navigation assistance for those who are high scoring or matched with housing providers;

  • Coordinate complex needs of multiple individuals within the larger Continuum of Care and Coordinated Entry system and address any barriers;

  • Serve as a bridge to health services assisting consumers in obtaining information about their illnesses and in building skills to better manage them;

  • Assist individuals in applying for mainstream benefits, including Medicaid, food security applications, and Social Security disability;

  • Provide in-person assistance, including escorts and facilitating smooth transition (“warm handoffs”) to other service and housing providers;

  • Advocate with other agencies for individuals to receive necessary services and housing;

  • Assist with team goal of assisting 30 individuals secure and maintain housing annually;

  • Participate in weekly and/or situational supervisory sessions with Team Leader to review and plan weekly schedule, review note corrections and attend to other issues as needed

  • Participate in regular and/or situational supervisory sessions with Program Manager and Training Director to review consumer health goals/progress, assess intervention techniques and further develop skills in health education, staff supervision and training.

  • Communicate consistently and effectively with Team Leader and Program Manager

  • Work closely with the ACT and Outreach Teams, Community Support Workers or Case Managers to coordinate care;

  • Assist consumers in creating personal health plans;

  • Assist consumers in articulating and attaining personal health and recovery goals and assist the consumer in overcoming barriers to implementing the individualized plan;

  • Identify and pursue relationships with neighborhood health and wellness resources to further increase opportunities for social support;  Identify other community resources and provide in-depth referrals to housing and social services;

  • Perform other related work as directed i.e. documentation in electronic medical record, administrative work, scheduling, regular communication with team members.
     

Qualifications:

  • HS Diploma/GED required; college degree preferred

  • Consumer of mental health and possibly substance abuse services

  • Peer Training with certification required

  • At least one year previous work experience in mental health program and experience working with others

  • Cultural sensitivity

  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing

  • Comfortable operating computers, inputting information into a database, and documenting case notes

  • Advocacy experience or demonstrated mentor or leadership ability

  • Ability to maintain boundaries but comfortable using self and personal experiences as applicable

  • Lived experience of homelessness preferred

How to Apply: 

To apply, send an email with cover letter and resume to hr@pathwaysdc.org. Please indicate the position in your email's subject line.